Algebra frustration applying skills

Original post by Crazy Math Teacher Lady.

They learned it like little monkeys, memorizing processes. This became evident when I gave them some application problems to work on in small groups with a sub while I was at NCTM Denver. IT WAS A DISASTER! They can multiply 2 binomials, but cannot find the area of a square where each side is represented by a binomial. Actually, they flip out if the assignment is formatted differently then they expect.

She’s look for input on starting PBL or something similar.  Go give some advice or at least commiserate!

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