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Colton, Connie; Smith, Wendy M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) asks students in as early as fourth grade to solve word problems using equations with variables. Equations studied at this level generate a single solution, such as the equation x + 10 = 25. For students in fifth grade, the Common Core standard for algebraic thinking expects them to…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Tabor, Catherine – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Inclusion and differentiation--hallmarks of the current educational system--require a paradigm shift in the way that educators run their classrooms. This article enumerates the need for techno-kinesthetic, visually based activities and offers an example of a calculator-based programming activity that addresses that need. After discussing the use…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculators, Teaching Methods, Learning Modalities

Kirwan, J. Vince; Tobias, Jennifer M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

To understand multiple representations in algebra, students must be able to describe relationships through a variety of formats, such as graphs, tables, pictures, and equations. NCTM indicates that varied representations are "essential elements in supporting students' understanding of mathematical concepts and relationships" (NCTM…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Graphs, Tables (Data)

Wallace-Gomez, Patricia – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

After a unit on the rules for positive and negative numbers and the order of operations for evaluating algebraic expressions, many students believe that they understand these principles well enough, but they really do not. They clearly need more practice, but not more of the same kind of drill. Wallace-Gomez provides three graphing activities that…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Graphs, Mathematical Concepts

Nagle, Courtney R.; Moore-Russo, Deborah – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

All teachers, especially high school teachers, face the challenge of ensuring that students have opportunities to relate and connect the various representations and notions of mathematics concepts developed over the course of the pre-K-12 mathematics curriculum. NCTM's (2000) Representation Standard emphasizes the importance of students being…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Academic Standards, Teaching Methods

Barnes, Rachael; Hamon, Suzanne – Mathematics Teacher, 2010

The prealgebra curriculum presents many opportunities for encouraging students to justify their inferences. Requiring students to communicate clearly the reasoning behind their solutions, with appropriate mathematical language and notation, helps lay the groundwork for future, proof-based mathematics courses. Prealgebra students can even be…

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Algebra, Inferences, Mathematics Instruction

Zelkowski, Jeremy; Mayes, Robert – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

The article focuses on engaging students in algebra through modeling real-world problems. The technique of least squares is explored, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of the method. (Contains 2 figures and a bibliography.)

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Least Squares Statistics, Algebra

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Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Presented are instructions for activities in which a calculator is used to investigate algebraic concepts. Also presented are short computer programs involving topics taught in prealgebra and an activity in which a trapezoid is transformed into a circle. (JN)

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculators, Computer Software, Geometry