Concrete to Abstract: Preparing Students for Formal Algebra
Webinar Date: October 29, 2014
As the focus on standards-readiness grows, we need reassurance that we’re not just teaching students how to pass a test, but also supporting their exploration, creativity and deep understanding of applied knowledge. In this webinar for the edWeb.net Adaptive Math Learning community, Joe Trahan and Kelly Urlacher, former Middle School teachers and current Curriculum Designers at DreamBox Learning, discussed the pedagogical approach to preparing students for formal algebra. They shared opportunities educators have to introduce abstract concepts at an early age – at a time when students are more focused on concrete mathematical concepts. Kelly and Joe discussed opportunities to foster mathematical exploration at an early age, digital tools to support concrete and abstract mathematical manipulations, and insights around how to engage middle school students and cultivate math confidence. View the webinar to learn how to prepare your students for pre-algebraic concepts.