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 > email@example.com > ===================================== > > > Judy
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.