Mrs. Tawanna Ervin-Gaston’s Algebra II students participate in an activity called “Breaking the Code.”
As sophomore Paul Yu copies down the problem onto the board, junior Brian Lopez looks for common factors. With different steps scrambled on the page, the objective of the activity was to piece together the process for solving specific problems. "I like how complex math is, but with fractional functions, it becomes a long process in order to solve," Lopez said.
Juniors Cameron Fernandez and Devikish Pillay simplify the problem by taking out the greatest common factor. Students were allowed to work in teams of two to four. “After we multiply the equations, we have to find the corresponding letters on the paper to form a three letter code,” Fernandez said.
After finishing four problems, sophomore Shane Costa rushes to figure out the fifth. Teams were racing to see who could solve the 15 problems the quickest. "I really like algebra because of my teacher," Costa said. "She's a caring teacher who tries her best to make sure everyone understands algebra."
As junior Halle Thayer skips to different numbers, junior Emily Slayton tries to find the letters that match with one of the original problems. With only 15 minutes of class left, students were challenged to finish before the bell rang. “We have to follow our notes for rational functions and apply what we learned to multiply them,” Slayton said.
Instead of using the larger white boards, sophomore Rim Ghebremeskel uses one she can hold near her. The classroom was split into six different stations. “I don’t like math in general because it’s never easy for me to understand,” Ghebremeskel said.
Do you enjoy solving algebraic expressions?