How annoying is it that kids do not see the difference between “(-3) squared” and “-3 squared” when it seems so obvious to me?!?!
When I first started going over this with my kids back in August, they looked at me like I was NUTS that they would need help with this. Well, well, well… little did they know how much they would struggle with this once they were actually given some problems.
Foldable I made:
What we needed: foldable, highlighters, colored pencils
When I did it: in my Algebra class during our review chapter
How it went: Well! I saw kids look back at it a lot to keep it straight. I think emphasizing the exponent, base, and coefficient really helps.
How I used it: Went in our journal
How you can use it: I have the kids use highlighters and/or colored pencils on their notes a lot. It helps them when they look back at their notes to see where we got certain numbers. I notice a lot of kids then use them on their homework and quizzes/tests. Taking the time to highlight/circle/underline helps kids slooowwww down and take the time to think!