Strategy

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Math Problem Solving

Strategy:

Algebra for all

Appropriate Grade Level:

7-12

Strategy

Procedures/Steps:

The algebra for all strategy may be used across mathematics. This article focused on using it in algebra. It has several key components.  Emphasizing the overall concept (“big ideas”).  Eliminate distracting numbers.   Allow requests from students to clarify the problem. Use more than one way to represent numbers (words, tables, graphs, symbols…).   Review concepts while moving on to new ones. Do not start out the school year by trying to review when you do not know where your students are academically.   Guide explorations. Value different ways of thinking; try to see how your students are figuring out problems.  Create a safe environment for learning.

Comments and/or tips:

This strategy presents some great ways to modify and enrich mathematics instruction for students. It focuses on meeting students’ individual learning styles and needs.

Source:

Choike, J.R. (2000). Teaching strategies for “algebra for all.”

Mathematics Teacher, 93(7),

556-560.

Math Problem Solving

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