Center for Leadership and Learning Communities

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Teachers' Institutes

Developing Algebraic Thinking

Registration is currently closed for this institute.

Summer 2009: July 7-10, 8:00 – 2:30
Fall Follow Up: September 26, October 17, November 21, December 5, 8:00 – 2:00

For Teachers in Grades 4-10

This institute builds upon the foundational math content knowledge of teachers at the upper elementary, middle and high school level in the context of standards-based instruction.

This course will address the patterns, relations, and algebra strand of the MA Mathematics Curriculum Framework, placing particular emphasis on variables, equations and functions. Participants will gain an understanding of how these important mathematics concepts are developed across grades 4-10, how classic misconceptions of variable and equivalence impact students’ algebraic understanding, and how the development of algebraic thinking habits of mind can contribute to student conceptual understanding and problem solving in this strand. Throughout the course participants will do and discuss mathematics; analyze classroom artifacts and discuss subsequent actions; develop questioning strategies that focus, assess and advance students' algebraic thinking; design an algebra pre-assessment; and develop high cognitive demand lessons that support students' prior knowledge and level of understanding relative to articulated standards-based objectives.