Rationals, especially with factoring, can be a challenge for many students. Here are some teaching materials that are perfect when you just need something that’s easy, fast, and free! Desmos Activity for Simplifying Rational Expressions with Factoring This Desmos activity is so good, I’d probably use it as an exploration with the kids paired up before (or instead of) notes/lecture…. Read More

## Rational Functions: Specific Skills Assessments

There are so many aspects involved in teaching rational functions! Here are examples of five mini formative assessments made with Google Forms. They are done for you, or you can copy them for yourself and build your own. The assessments featured in this video include x-intercepts vertical and horizontal asymptotes (assessed separately) holes domain The rational functions entire unit (Google… Read More

## Teaching Rational Functions: Exponent Rules

If you’re teaching rational functions, students have to know those exponent rules. I created a Google Forms mini formative assessment that covers these exponent rules but doesn’t require students to do any factoring. They’ll do plenty of that throughout the rationals unit, and I wanted to create an assessment that would really help me determine if students understand just the… Read More

## Assessing Rationals in Algebra 2: Solving Equations

When you’re teaching Rational Functions in a high school math class, solving rational equations is a section that challenges many students. I created a Google Forms mini formative assessment to gauge whether students are understanding solving during the unit. Here’s a super quick video that shows the form even though I’m talking about assigning point values! {The more thorough video… Read More

## Teaching Multiplying and Dividing Rationals: Assessments

*Also Known As: My First #Shorts Videos on YouTube I always laugh when I tell someone I have a YouTube channel. That’s because I’m the least likely person you’ll ever see on there.😆 But I think teaching roomfuls of teenagers seasons us to the point that creating a video is not as intimidating as it is to most people. If… Read More

## Ten Assessments for Graphing Polynomials (Using Google Forms)

Teaching Algebra 2? Then graphing polynomials is coming! Coming up with ways to assess this can be a challenge. Here’s a video of my mini assessments for this unit, along with tips for creating great test questions! Here are the topics covered in the unit: General characteristics of the graph Degrees & leading coefficients Increasing & decreasing Zeros with multiplicity… Read More