Spotlight on Algebra

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On Algebra

The Education Week Spotlight on Algebra is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Using online classes to connect rural students with algebra coursework
  • Cultivating algebra readiness skills by introducing elementary students to core algebra concepts
  • New research on "algebra for all" policies
  • Applying literacy and writing strategies to better teach math concepts
  • Teaching the relevance of algebra concepts with multimedia

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A new study notes the benefits of providing the class to 8th graders who would not otherwise have access to formal algebra curriculum.
January 11, 2012 – Education Week

In Perspective
Kiddie Algebra
Teachers are introducing algebra concepts to pupils in the early grades by tapping their intuitive math skills.
February 11, 2009 – Education Week

Researchers say middle school algebra classes may do more harm than good for students already struggling with math.
April 25, 2012 | Updated: May 11, 2016 – Education Week

A trickle of studies suggest that in practice, getting students past the algebra hump is difficult and in some cases, didn't pay off.
February 10, 2010 – Education Week

A new multimedia project created by a New York public television station aims to convince students that algebra is relevant to their lives beyond school.
April 4, 2011 – Teacher PD Sourcebook

In a unique teacher-research project, four educators in Columbia, Mo., are attempting to explore the effectiveness of integrating literacy strategies into mathematics instruction.
February 29, 2012 – Teacher PD Sourcebook

John W. Myres, a retired teacher and superintendent, asks whether today's rush to require the subject reflects real-world realities.
October 13, 2010 – Education Week

The push for algebra-for-all policies may inadvertently take a toll on high-achieving students, a new study suggests, by slowing their rate of academic improvement.
August 2, 2012 - Curriculum Matters

Foiled by the FOIL Method
Let's forget about catchy but confusing mnemonics, and stick with FOIL-proof methods for explaining mathematics.
September 18, 2011 - Coach G's Teaching Tips

Far more students can master algebra during high school if we don't try to cram it all into 9th grade.
August 5, 2012 - On Performance

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