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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Teaching algebra in middle school

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From: knottynodder

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007083014:44:08
Subject: Re: Re: best way to teach algebra

"Tricks" and such are part of the problem of our kids having problems. I wish teachers would stop teaching shortcuts before their students understand what they are doing. I am trying to help adults now that have dropped out of school because of difficulty in passing at the middle, and high school levels. I am appalled at the pitiful education these people have received before grade six. Please, start teaching basic, sound principles in all subjects again. I am 60. I did not graduate high school. I only attended through the 10 grade. However I am able to tutor these students in basic arithmetic and algebra with what seems to be much better results than the teachers they went to school with. Average age of these students is 30.

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