Another Reason I Don’t Like FOIL In Math

Jose Vilson 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 …

Put The FOIL In The Recycle Bin, Please

Jose Vilson Mr. Vilson 6 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 …