Monkey See Monkey Do

20 Apr

I always tell my Algebra kids “Don’t be a monkey!” As in, don’t just mimic the steps without knowing why you are doing what your are doing because even monkeys can mimic steps.

We are now on simplifying rational expressions and as I was tutoring one student, she did something like this:

When I asked her why we “cancel” these and we got to the fact that they divide to equal one, she goes, “Oh my gosh, I’m such a monkey.”

I cracked up. I think they’re getting it.

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