Teaching algebra in middle and high school

October 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

In April 2015, the What Works Clearinghouse released another in their Practice Guide Series titled Teaching Strategies for Improving Algebra Knowledge in Middle and High School Students

Source: The ies description

“This practice guide provides three recommendations for teaching algebra to students in middle school and high school. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to improve their students’ algebra knowledge.”

The 3 recommendations are:

  1. Use solved problems to engage students in analyzing algebraic reasoning and strategies
  2. Teach students to utilize the structure of algebraic representations.
  3. Teach students to intentionally choose from alternative algebraic strategies when solving problems.

And in July 2015, the ies released a Practice Guide Summary (6 pages) that  provides an overview of the three recommendations for teaching algebra to students in middle school and high school.

Check ’em out!


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