We've been solving equations in my Integrated Algebra 1 class for the past few weeks, and as a whole I've been pretty impressed with their work.
There are basically two different reactions:
1. These are too hard! I don't know what to do next!
2. Can you make them harder? These are fun! Can we have some more?
The problem with a couple of my kids who are struggling with the equations is that they can't keep their work organized.
So here's my plea for help: Does anyone have a special template or something that they give to the kids to keep their steps lined up? Should I give them grid paper and make them write one number in each box? Unless I hear from some of you in the next oh, 5 - 10 minutes, that's what I'll do.... but if you have any additional ideas after that I'd love to hear them! :)
(I just wrote this up to give to those kids... think it'll help?)