When factoring polynomials, the question I always get from students is "how do we know what to do when?" So I created this graphic organizer to guide students to evaluate what type of factoring to perform. I will usually use this as we begin our unit on Rational Expressions. The organizer starts with looking for a GCF, then depending on the type of polynomial, it guides students through Difference of Squares, Difference or Sum of Cubes, UnFOILing, etc.
The download is a PowerPoint with one slide having an empty organizer that I print and give to the students to fill out as the the second slide is being presented. I can quickly print out the second slide for any students who were absent for the lesson.