Hawker Brownlow Education

The Xs and Whys of Algebra: Key Ideas and Common Misconceptions

Author: Linda Dacey, Anne Collins

Availability: In Stock

Code: SHP2755

ISBN: 9781760562755

No of Pages: 84

Publish date: 28/03/2018

Price: $32.95

Description

In many ways, algebra can be as challenging
for teachers as it is for students. With so much emphasis placed on procedural
knowledge and the manipulation of variables and symbols, it can be easy to lose
sight of the key ideas that underlie algebraic thinking and the relevance
algebra has to the real world. In The Xs
and Whys of Algebra: Keys Ideas and Common Misconceptions
, Anne Collins and
Linda Dacey provide a set of thirty research-based modules designed to engage
all students in mathematical learning that develops conceptual understanding,
addresses common misconceptions and builds key ideas that are essential to
future learning.


For use in Year 7 to Year 9 courses focused on an introduction to
formal algebra, this flipchart emphasis five essential algebraic concepts:
using variables meaningfully; using multiple representations for expressions;
connecting algebra with number, connecting algebra with geometry; and
manipulating symbols with understanding. The thirty research-based modules in
this spiral-bound flipchart are designed to engage all students in mathematical
learning that develops conceptual understanding, addresses common
misconceptions and builds key ideas essential to future learning.


Following the recommendations of the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards, the
modules at this level are organised into three sections: Expressions, Equations
and Functions. Each module begins with the identification of its mathematical
focus and the potential challenges and misconceptions associated with those
ideas. The “In the Classroom” section then suggests instructional strategies and
specific activities to implement with students. The “Meeting Individual Needs”
sections offers ideas for adjusting the activities to reach a broader range of
learners. All modules are supported by one or more reproducibles (located in
the appendix), and the “References/Further Reading” section provides resources
for enriching your knowledge of the topic and gathering more ideas.


Teachers will want to keep this resource next to their plan book
so they will have these ideas at their fingertips throughout the year.