tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post4941095684006185393..comments2017-04-18T06:04:31.938-07:00Comments on Teacher Prep Tech: The Algebra ProblemPatricia Dickensonnoreply@blogger.comBlogger28125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-37958828385214772622012-11-13T15:00:33.859-08:002012-11-13T15:00:33.859-08:00www.sumdog.com/standards
www.sumdog.com/standards<br />Patricia Dickensonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10688143939266261316noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-59950153812387108442012-11-13T15:00:10.306-08:002012-11-13T15:00:10.306-08:00I agree with you Jacki, the problem with algebra i...I agree with you Jacki, the problem with algebra is trying to relate it to students' lives and keep them engaged throughout class. I notice that there is a disconnect between algebra and how it relates to real life and thus it is not engaging students and students are falling behind in the subject. As teachers I think we really have to inspire students and show them that algebra is relatable and, even though it is abstract, it is possible to succeed in the subject.Mariah Vegahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00430425960862878107noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-87343854506011319952012-11-13T14:57:34.537-08:002012-11-13T14:57:34.537-08:00http://faculty.wiu.edu/JR-Olsen/wiu/GAMESand/games...http://faculty.wiu.edu/JR-Olsen/wiu/GAMESand/games/alg.htmC.N.guy.enhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13763979164850380584noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-11687998086285811522012-11-13T14:57:09.381-08:002012-11-13T14:57:09.381-08:00I like the idea that we should make algebra applic...I like the idea that we should make algebra applicable. C.N.guy.enhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13763979164850380584noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-25207790698282299542012-11-13T14:56:09.008-08:002012-11-13T14:56:09.008-08:00http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi12aITNRts
video ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi12aITNRts<br /><br />video on real life math- snowboarding on slopes!<br /><br />Thought it was an interesting video!Mariah Vegahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00430425960862878107noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-85240277154259152132012-11-13T14:54:46.066-08:002012-11-13T14:54:46.066-08:00Nichole this looks like a really neat game. It has...Nichole this looks like a really neat game. It has 3 different levels and is a fun way to practice algebra with your students. Especially if the class of students has access to computers this could be good practice rather than a worksheetLane Bacchihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07371167645491250979noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-17663478514094824382012-11-13T14:54:19.060-08:002012-11-13T14:54:19.060-08:00I agree that teaching students application of alge...I agree that teaching students application of algebra will be more engaging for the students. Furthermore, they would be more interested in algebra. I also agree the students will be more engaged in group projects, presentations, and etc. if algebra was taught in a way that is more applicableStephenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10554942845313535936noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-21548972761105838502012-11-13T14:52:37.648-08:002012-11-13T14:52:37.648-08:00This comment has been removed by the author.C.N.guy.enhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13763979164850380584noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-77336372799336625492012-11-13T14:52:15.417-08:002012-11-13T14:52:15.417-08:00Resource:
http://www.learner.org/workshops/algebra...Resource:<br />http://www.learner.org/workshops/algebra/Holly Sinclairhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14651442676040998394noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-69865886640353083232012-11-13T14:51:46.422-08:002012-11-13T14:51:46.422-08:00One approach that teachers can incorporate to maki...One approach that teachers can incorporate to making algebra meaningful and moreover students successful is to use technology when teaching algebra. Since students learn best when they are actively engaged in constructing meaning about content that is relevant, therefore when students are developing their own meaning of mathematics, they can make math interesting. <br />When using technology to teach algebra, teachers can have students use functions to create different pictures, such as a mountain with -|x|. This way, students are engaged and the lesson is connecting to the students' lives. <br /><br /><br />C.N.guy.enhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13763979164850380584noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-11789420770328064672012-11-13T14:51:44.441-08:002012-11-13T14:51:44.441-08:00How did you like CPM? Did you think it did a good ...How did you like CPM? Did you think it did a good job of this? It seems that in geometry this might be easier but I have yet to see a lot of real world application used in Algebra in a fun and motivating way. Students almost want to know how to do the procedure and get the right answer instead of understanding the procedure.Nichole's 228 Memoshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01938589822931685840noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-87834380980065708252012-11-13T14:51:15.476-08:002012-11-13T14:51:15.476-08:00In order to make algebra more meaningful, algebra ...In order to make algebra more meaningful, algebra has to be taught in a way that's applicable. For example, writing out word problems that are relevant to them can interest the students to learn algebra. In order for students to be successful in learning algebra, they have to be interested in the topic because they would not be willing to learn something that is not interesting. Teaching students culturally relevant can interest and engage the students to learn algebra. Unfortunately, classrooms these days are too procedural at teaching algebra. This is the main reason why students are not doing so well in algebra.<br /><br />http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opinion/sunday/is-algebra-necessary.html?pagewanted=allStephenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10554942845313535936noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-11362941493891441622012-11-13T14:51:13.456-08:002012-11-13T14:51:13.456-08:00I think that the first step to make students comfo...I think that the first step to make students comfortable with algebra is exposure starting from an early age. Students need to be introduced to the meaning of algebra and how it connects to their world and future. They need to have time to explore the meaning of a variable and all of its facets. A variable does not just have one definition, teachers need to inform students of a broad definition of a variable and then explicitly break it down. The concept of a variable is fundamental to grade school Algebra yet the majority of students struggle to grasp the concept of a variable. I think it could be possible to introduce it simply but give students examples of how a variable changes in different contexts. If they are introduced to the various ways in which to use a variable, at least they have an idea that it can be used in few different ways, then they can begin working and practicing using a variable in specific contexts. The more understanding they have of what Algebra means and what a variable means the better. They are obviously not going to understand all the ways in which a variable may work in grade school but if they are aware that there are multiple definitions, then they can begin gaining familiarity with specific applications.<br />In observing my Watsonville High Algebra connections students I saw that students were able to carry out algebraic rules and manipulate letters and numbers but they struggled to understand what the letters or variables really meant. It is a vast topic but we must try to give students tools to understand a variable, without which they will never really understand algebra. Holly Sinclairhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14651442676040998394noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-57236176280008547962012-11-13T14:50:55.921-08:002012-11-13T14:50:55.921-08:00What specific methods of questioning or protocols ...What specific methods of questioning or protocols for student responses are effective at deepening students' understandings?Zachary Clynnehttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00029001481364674934noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-81962461175341392982012-11-13T14:50:49.226-08:002012-11-13T14:50:49.226-08:00OH yeah, we totally have to keep it interesting fo...OH yeah, we totally have to keep it interesting for students. Otherwise we lose their interest the second they walk in the door. It can be hard though sometimes creating lessons that are culturally relevant to all your students. Maybe take turns focusing one each students' cultural histories.Erin Caldwellhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08488722817722907943noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-36332142092027028532012-11-13T14:50:16.308-08:002012-11-13T14:50:16.308-08:00my comment didn't save :(
I had said that it ...my comment didn't save :(<br /><br />I had said that it wasn't a surprise that so many students are unsuccessful at algebra. Algebra is taught in a very abstract and procedural way and students may not always connect why they do perform an operations (other than "the teacher said so"). I think algebra should be taught with word problems in mind from the beginning. Word problems show students how algebra is relatable to real life. We learn algebra in school to apply to our own lives when we're shopping at the grocery store or saving for a new car. I think algebra should be taught with the students' lives in mind and it should be relatable to them. The procedures and standard notation will come with time; I don't think it should be the focus of the entire course.Mariah Vegahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00430425960862878107noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-41238235599015661392012-11-13T14:48:50.086-08:002012-11-13T14:48:50.086-08:00Yes! If students can also see how algebra an be ap...Yes! If students can also see how algebra an be applied outside of the classroom, and to real life in relatable situations, they will be more likely to not only use it, but to be motivated to learn it. Having them work on projects and research is a great way to have student branch out and discover for themselves have algebra can be useful outside of following procedures and algorithms.Cerahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00586500033852151454noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-3009188099730099272012-11-13T14:48:39.455-08:002012-11-13T14:48:39.455-08:00Zach, I completely agree. However I don't real...Zach, I completely agree. However I don't really see these problems working themselves out soon, considering the state of things now. I would love to hear more about what you might suggest as an answer to this ongoing struggle.Jacki Junghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14278295192844957446noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-39958279380593242862012-11-13T14:47:00.876-08:002012-11-13T14:47:00.876-08:00In chapter 4 of Fostering Algebraic Thinking, Mark...In chapter 4 of Fostering Algebraic Thinking, Mark Driscoll discusses that one of the core principles that teachers can use to foster algebraic thinking in their students is through the use of classroom questioning. I have personally seen through my last placement at Aptos JHS the use of questioning students in a math classroom. I have noticed that math questioning, if used in the proper way, can increase the level of student success in the classroom. If teachers are able to be consistent from the start of the school year with how often they question their students to explain their reasoning and steps then I believe algebra will become more meaningful to them. They will know more than just skills and rote procedures and will have a deeper level of understanding of concepts. Lane Bacchihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07371167645491250979noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-27348113845236524372012-11-13T14:46:27.096-08:002012-11-13T14:46:27.096-08:00I think a key component to successful algebra teac...I think a key component to successful algebra teaching/learning is to keep everyone actively engaged. Direct instruction is only going to take students so far. So on the website below (i'm not sure if ya'll can access it without subscribing) there is an activity called the Murder Mystery Challenge. It combines some algebraic activities and arithmetic to create a fun game built off understanding certain concepts of algebra. Students are less likely to be put off from learning math is it stays fun and exciting. I feel like one of the reasons students fail to succeed in math is because they don't know when they will ever use it or think it is boring and irrelevant. But if we can keep math fun and engaging, students will be more willing to learn.<br /><br /><br />http://www.tes.co.uk/ResourceDetail.aspx?storyCode=6068771Erin Caldwellhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08488722817722907943noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-41757945714358275972012-11-13T14:45:41.381-08:002012-11-13T14:45:41.381-08:00http://mbamp.ucsc.edu/building-skills/http://mbamp.ucsc.edu/building-skills/Cerahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00586500033852151454noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-66472649265644715652012-11-13T14:45:39.639-08:002012-11-13T14:45:39.639-08:00The second paragraph begins by telling us that &qu...The second paragraph begins by telling us that "there is little agreement as to what prerequisite skills will lead to later success in Algebra." We are then told that there was success with a group of selected students but what were these weekly algebra lessons that were successful for the students? The article addresses the fact that many students are struggling with algebra and that there is hope but, we are not given any sort of suggestion as to how to make algebra learning possible for students. We have previously read that problems that students can relate to and lots of practice with different types of problems is crucial for student learning. That is why online tools may be useful in the classroom or for students to work with at home for practice. This website has many different resources for beginning algebra students. I thought this game might be fun for working on using variables and plugging in values. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/shockwave/games/postie.html<br />Nichole's 228 Memoshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/01938589822931685840noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-89817081320773466002012-11-13T14:44:33.052-08:002012-11-13T14:44:33.052-08:00Exposing algebra to students at a younger age in a...Exposing algebra to students at a younger age in addition to teaching basic operations with fractions and integrers definitely is one solution to increase student success rate in algebra.<br /><br />I do agree that algebra classes have to be structured in such a way that not only works on content, but also builds off ideas heard from others. Group collaboration or teamwork is an integral part of learning algebra. I do not think I can learn algebra on my own. Why should I expect my future students to work on algebra individual basis?Benhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10797287648586827620noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-46796943630684801112012-11-13T14:42:12.803-08:002012-11-13T14:42:12.803-08:00I really do believe that mathematics has become to...I really do believe that mathematics has become too abstracted from what it's intended purpose is. In order to teach Algebra better, I think we must teach it for understanding. This means that not only are our students really comprehending the material, instead of guessing and checking, performing banal tasks, and rote memorization, but also that students are personally engaged in the material. This can occur when students are not just passive learners, but active agents in their education, motivated by the curiosity to learn and the need to understand the world around them. The reason we are failing is because it is difficult to mass produce this kind of instructions, for no book can capture within it's pages what it means to inquire into the lives of countless children who come from diverse backgrounds like we see in the United States today. If teachers really want to help their students, they will give them the information they need to succeed, but they also will inspire them to pursue a livelong interest in understanding the world through the lens of mathematics.Jacki Junghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14278295192844957446noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4548203879901268348.post-89681628751395568792012-11-13T14:41:45.678-08:002012-11-13T14:41:45.678-08:00This comment has been removed by the author.Stephenhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10554942845313535936noreply@blogger.com