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ERIC Number: EJ1044638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5769
The Algebra Artist
Beigie, Darin
Mathematics Teacher, v108 n4 p258-265 Nov 2014
Most people who are attracted to STEM-related fields are drawn not by a desire to take mathematics tests but to create things. The opportunity to create an algebra drawing gives students a sense of ownership and adventure that taps into the same sort of energy that leads a young person to get lost in reading a good book, building with LegosĀ®, playing a video game, or participating in a favorite hobby or sport. The Algebra Artist project described in this article for Algebra 1 Honors students asked for a minimum of twelve graphs to create the drawing. When an average of sixty-three graphs per student drawing were received, teachers knew that they had a project that captured student imagination, resulting in sustained effort, deep thinking (Carr 2010), and authentic learning. Creating algebra drawings inspires students to see graphing holistically, helping them achieve a "graphing sense" on par with number sense for elementary school and middle school students. Emphasis is on experimentation, discovery, and informal learning. Although much of the student work goes deep into high school curricula, some of the language and ideas are kept deliberately informal and appropriate for first-year algebra students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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