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Ed Wall

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Re: factoring, FOIL, technology, etc.
Posted: Jun 17, 1995 6:36 PM
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Some stuff about 'algebraic sense' deleted.
>Of course I don't teach at this level myself, so maybe I'm just full of hot
>air. I'd be interested in hearing from the folks who do teach this, from
>upper grades in elementary on -- how do you develop this "algebra sense"?
> ====================================
> Judy Roitman, Mathematics Department
> Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66049
> =====================================


This is the problem. There does appear to be such a thing as 'algebraic
sense'. I have seen it in many Algebra I classes. It is that dawning
toward the end of the year when they ask themselves (and me) why was all
this such a struggle. It does not occur for all and I am beginning to wonder
what happens between this year and that first year in college.
Anyway, my question for some time has been how do I help produce such a
sense and an appreciation (for I think the two are connected) for all my
students. Glossing over things with a calculator or worksheets without
reality do not seem to be acceptable answers. It is even possible that to
a certain extent the problem has little to do with mathematics as Karen
has suggested.

Ed Wall

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