Snapshot: You may be thinking, “What? Early algebra? Why? Children aren’t ready for algebra in K-5. They learn arithmetic first and algebra later. We teach them how to do simple math operations and then, once they are proficient in arithmetic, we teach them about the math principles that govern these operations. We’ve always done it this way. It works fine…or does it?”
Many leading elementary math educators and researchers say the conventional approach to early elementary math education isn’t working fine. Children struggle with algebra when they reach middle school and high school because their introduction to it is late, abrupt, symbolic, and seemingly disconnected from elementary mathematics. In fact, for many students, their relationship with mathematics begins to end when algebra begins. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards, and more recently the CCS Standards, recommend that teachers cultivate algebraic habits of mind early, as students learn early operations, fractions, geometry, etc.
Monica Neagoy, a top expert on PreK-12 algebra, will show you how to integrate algebraic thinking in your K-5 math classes, whatever your curriculum and whatever your background in mathematics.
Early algebra is not about teaching traditional school algebra to students in early grades, says Monica. Rather, it’s about helping students develop the mathematical mindset they will need to work with algebra later on. At the same time, your students will better learn and appreciate the math they are learning right now. In this webinar, Monica will share model teaching strategies and relevant research and give you plenty of ideas for connecting early mathematics with advanced algebra concepts in ways your students can understand.
- Experience what algebra looks like, sounds like, and feels like in the early grades
- How to make connections between the math you teach and the math taught in secondary school
- Learn to identify the algebra hidden within the main topics you currently teach
- Help students link algebra to the world we live in so that they see it as more than meaningless symbolic procedures
- Examine your negative experiences or attitudes toward algebra
- Understand how the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics addresses algebraic habits of mind in both content and practices
- How to improve classroom discourse and assessment techniques to help your students access deeper mathematical thinking and knowledge
- Discover new ways of representing everyday math topics to reach more of your students
Other webinar topics:
- Know how to approach subtraction and division in ways that build bridges, not walls, to higher mathematics
- Appreciate how to develop fraction sense, a bridge to rational numbers, an important pillar of algebra
- Learn how to help students understand the difference between an unknown and a variable
- Gain insights into ways of using the equal sign to develop relational thinking, a foundation for solving equations
- Acquire techniques for helping students move from additive to multiplicative thinking (a huge stumbling block!)