

Professional Development that Builds Algebraic Reasoning
CMCCentral, March 78, 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 59:
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 35:
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 35: Tools for Building Math Concepts
 Grades 59: 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
