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Another Reason I Don’t Like FOIL In Math

Mr. Vilson 12 Comments

I recently wrote an article for Edutopia about factoring polynomials using areas and why FOIL is absolute crap: For one, I’m not a fan of FOIL (first-outside-inside-last) for a plethora of reasons. While I think it’s handy to have an acronym that reminds students of a procedure, it only works in a very special case. In this case, FOIL works …

Jose VilsonAnother Reason I Don’t Like FOIL In Math

Put The FOIL In The Recycle Bin, Please

Mr. Vilson 5 Comments

That’s it. I’m done with FOIL. Now and possibly forever, unless someone like Alfie Kohn or JD tells me otherwise. At first I didn’t have a horse in the race. I mean, who cares so long as kids can multiply binomials right? If they get it one way or another way, then they’ll get it and that’s great. So what …

Jose VilsonPut The FOIL In The Recycle Bin, Please