Algebra

Developing Algebra-ready students for Middle School: Exploring the Impact of Early Algebra (Blanton, Knuth)

Author/Presenter: 
Maria Blanton
Eric Knuth
Year: 
2009
Short Description: 

This is a 3-year project designed to build the preliminary components for investigating the impacts of early algebra education on students’ algebra readiness in middle grades.

Transition to Algebra PD and Curriculum Orientation

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/23/2012 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Contact: 

We invite teachers, coaches, and other instructional leaders who will be using Transition to Algebra materials in the upcoming school year to a special orientation at Education Development Center (EDC). Transition to Algebra is a full-year algebra support curriculum that focuses on building algebraic habits of mind in order to raise the competence and confidence of students who may need extra support to succeed in a first-year algebra class. Find out more at ttalgebra.edc.org.

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What Do We Do with the Kids Who “Aren’t Ready” for Algebra?

Day: 
Thu

Presenters from two projects developing and researching ninth-grade “double-period” algebra approaches and materials present their distinct but compatible perspectives. Group discussion is encouraged.

Date/Time: 
1:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Session Type: 
PI-organized Discussion
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Having students enter high school “unready” for algebra is not a new or rare problem. The challenges, frankly, are vast. Students identified as “unready” are extremely varied, as are the reasons they are included in specialized classes. Some, for example, are mathematically competent, but included “for English language support.” More, of course, have some difficulty specific to mathematics. Of those, many are weak in arithmetic.

High School Algebra Panel

Day: 
Thu

The panel will present an overview of research-grounded evidence about what is critical for students to learn about algebra in grades 6–12.

Date/Time: 
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Session Type: 
Panel

One thread of the CADRE Algebra SIG discussion has focused on obstacles to student success in elementary algebra. For example, proficiency in numerical calculations with integers and rational numbers is often raised as a prerequisite for success in algebra; yet many students who have these skills still find algebra difficult. The panel will discuss other potential ingredients to success in high school algebra that are often short-changed in school mathematics and school culture.

Analyzing Early Algebra Learning Progressions for Grades 3-8

Day: 
Thu

This session will critically examine conjectured Early Algebra Learning Progressions for grades 3–8 for coherence, alignment, and completeness.

Date/Time: 
8:30 am to 9:45 am
Session Type: 
Product Feedback Session
Session Materials: 

This session will critically examine conjectured Early Algebra Learning Progressions for grades 3–8 for coherence, alignment, and completeness.

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