tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post3091177108187596220..comments2023-12-18T04:44:25.358-08:00Comments on Questions?: Bridging the GapDavid Coxhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06277427735527075341noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post-87551055470086521412009-04-21T13:22:18.000-07:002009-04-21T13:22:18.000-07:00@SarahYeah, working alone can be, well, lonely. I...@Sarah<br>Yeah, working alone can be, well, lonely. I figure that I have gotten more great ideas from reading all your blogs that I should probably invite you to the conference room w/ me. I feel your pain when dealing with HS algebra students. I spent 11 years teaching HS before I took my current position. A senior in algebra is a different animal than an 8th grader...that's for sure. Thanks for the link. <br><br>@Nick<br>I think we have decided that number sense is the place to start. It seems that if we can get kids to really understand not just fraction, decimal facts, but what they really mean. 2/3 isn't just a number less than one. When one says 2/3, the first question should be "2/3 of what?" If we can get kids to ask that question, having them learn about 2/3 x won't be so hard. <br><br>I think you are right when it comes to having them work with measurements. Measurements give concrete meaning to numbers and if we can help them make connections between the meaning of numbers within one set and how they relate to numbers in another set and maybe even make a generalization about that relationship, then we are on our way to teaching algebra.David Coxnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5964889903484807623.post-46065032172398858322009-05-19T14:37:23.000-07:002009-05-19T14:37:23.000-07:00Students at the middle-school level would benefit ...Students at the middle-school level would benefit from remedial instruction for number sense, simple geometry, and measurements. Also, at the upper end of middle school and offered at the beginning in high school should be Pre-Algebra. Algebra in high school, which is really just a more generalized form of Arithmetic, is no more abstract than a student's own natural language. In fact, much of the complicated human context found in other subjects (such as the social sciences and English literature) is removed or simplified - making Beginning Algebra simpler to study.AlgebraJoenoreply@blogger.com