Professional Development that Builds Algebraic Reasoning CMC-Central, March 7-8, 2008 Suzanne Alejandre, the Math Forum @ Drexel http://mathforum.org/workshops/cmc/cmc.central/cmc.central2008.html Introduction Let's think together about ways to build students' understanding of algebraic concepts. Together let's explore, reflect, discuss, and revise. Orienting Questions What are the various forms of algebraic reasoning? What helps students to develop these as much as they can? What are some of the key hurdles or difficult transitions for students to make? How can online tools help?   Let's Do Math! Eating Grapes Enhanced Problem Packet for Teachers (sample)   Mathematics Content Standards (CA State Board of Education) Grade 4: Algebra and Functions Grade 5: Algebra and Functions   Problem Solving Process The goal is not to be over and done. The goal is to think and express. The Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week Scoring Rubric for Students   Workshop Opportunities Grades 5-9: Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning Teachers explore how technology can help students build algebraic reasoning as they model and solve contextualized problems using a variety of representations, including graphs, tables, equations, and words.   Grades 3-5: Tools for Building Math Concepts The Math Forum and Microsoft Corporation are hosting an online workshop for exploring how technology can help students develop fundamental concepts of multiplication, fractions, division and area through the process of generating data and examining patterns.   Math Tools Overview and Registration (free) Navigating Math Tools Browse, Rate, Review, Discuss and using My MathTools   Let's Try a tPoW! Balloon Booths Hints and Answer Checks Technology Problems of the Week   Other Math Forum Resources Making Effective Use of Math Forum Resources Grades 3-5: Tools for Building Math Concepts Grades 5-9: Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning Professional Development Program: Learning Math Together Ask Dr. Math® and Dr. Math books Teacher2Teacher (T2T®) Problems of the Week Math Forum Internet News   Contact Information Suzanne