ERIC Number: EJ783771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 7
Teaching Algebra without Algebra
Kalman, Richard S.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v13 n6 p334-339 Feb 2008
Algebra is, among other things, a shorthand way to express quantitative reasoning. This article illustrates ways for the classroom teacher to convert algebraic solutions to verbal problems into conversational solutions that can be understood by students in the lower grades. Three reasonably typical verbal problems that either appeared as or resemble Math Olympiad tasks are presented here.
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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