Surprisingly, there were a few tears on the part of the boy when he got an answer wrong while we did 3rd power algebra but as per usual with kids this age he was laughing and having fun a few minutes later as he easily saw what to do to get the right answer...I cheered him up with 3rd power algebra! Try that in high schools across America. Big difference when you can see what you are doing.
(2x3 + 9x2 + 16x + 12) ÷ (2x2 + 5x + 6)
Tears over math is a silly thing especially when you can see the answers. Mostly we played games drew pictures...and learned a lot of math concepts along the way.
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