Fostering Algebraic Thinking by Mark Driscoll. A Guide for Teachers, Grades 6-10 - Heinemann Publishing
Fostering Algebraic Thinking
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Fostering Algebraic Thinking

A Guide for Teachers, Grades 6-10

By Mark Driscoll

Focused on easing students’ transition to algebra, this book outlines key "habits of thinking" that characterize the successful learning and use of algebra. It offers strategies teachers can use to cultivate these habits of thinking and guidelines for assessing students' development.

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    This book can be an important tool in our collective effort to improve the quality of mathematics instruction.
    —Mathematics Teacher

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Fostering Algebraic Thinking is a timely and welcome resource for middle and high school teachers hoping to ease their students' transition to algebra. Drawing on his experiences with three professional development programs, author Mark Driscoll outlines key "habits of thinking" that characterize the successful learning and use of algebra. He offers strategies teachers can use to cultivate these habits of thinking and guidelines for assessing students' development.

Fostering Algebraic Thinking is organized according to the critical challenges algebra teachers face. Excerpts from discussions among the classroom teachers who participated in the professional development projects help place these issues in context. Each chapter also includes activities to encourage teachers to reflect on how they think about algebra and how that thinking informs their practice. There are also samples and analyses of student work to help teachers identify patterns of algebraic thinking along with questions and strategies that can be used to guide and extend students' thinking.

Contents

Contents:

  1. Developing Algebraic Habits of Mind: A Framework for Classroom Questions Aimed at Understanding Student Thinking
  2. Smoothing the Transition to Algebra Through Algorithmic Thinking
  3. Building on Number Sense and Number Theory
  4. Expressing Generalizations About Structure
  5. Expressing Generalizations About Functional Relations
  6. Fostering Symbol Sense
  7. Linking Multiple Representations

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