Date: Aug 29, 2013 2:13 PM
Author: Richard Strausz
Subject: Re: Will Richardson Why Schools and Algebra 1

> Yes, first work on learning the difference between
> advise and advice
> and then look up some programs on practicing
> arithmetic through
> ordinary fractions and percent that is the most
> important part of
> algebra readiness. There are probably sources of
> straightforward
> "word problems" (not the reform-minded off-the-wall
> idiocy) that are
> doable without algebra (but easier with) such as
> those that fill the
> wonderful little Singapore Primary Series K-6
> mathematics
> books. Then put away the "mobile technology", make
> your students do
> the same, and teach mathematics. Algebra without
> algebra readiness
> is only for true geniuses, the kind most of us never
> meet. Hope that helps,
> Wayne
> At 03:43 AM 8/29/2013, Jim Kearns wrote:

> >I need help. I am a 60 year old math teacher
> teaching 15 year old
> >lower middle 9th 10th and 11th grade students
> Algebra 1. I reckon
> >this forum has the cutting edge thinkers in k-12
> math
> >education. Question: Can anyone give an old dog
> advise as to how to
> >guide my use the mobile technology to learn Algebra
> 1? I appreciate
> >any help you can render.

One thing that the mobile technology could help with is access to good quality instructional videos, such as many by the Khan Academy.