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The multiple meanings of letter symbols – Part 2 of x

In Part 1 of this series of posts about what makes algebra difficult, I discuss the multiple meanings of equal sign learners has deal with to make sense of the subject. With the changing meaning of equal sign and equations comes the changing meaning of the letter symbols. Teachers would oftentimes introduce algebra by telling… Read More »

Making Sense of Equivalent Equations and Expressions

Here are some questions your students have been wanting to ask you in your algebra class. Daniel Chazan and Michal Yerushalmy in their article On Appreciating the Cognitive Complexity of School Algebra posed these questions about equivalence of equations , solving equations, and equivalence of expressions for us teachers to ponder upon.  How often do we… Read More »

Christmas GeoGebra Applet

Here’s wishing you the choicest blessings of the season. The applet was adapted from the work of Wengler published in GeoGebra Tube. Being an incurable math teacher and blogger I can’t help not to turn this unsuspecting christmas geogebra applet into a mathematical task. Observe the candles. 1. When is the next candle lighted? 2. On… Read More »

Develop your ‘Variable Sense’

Number sense refers to a person’s general understanding of number and operations along with the ability to use this understanding in flexible ways to make mathematical judgments and to develop useful strategies for solving complex problems (Burton, 1993; Reys, 1991). Researchers note that number sense develops gradually, and varies as a result of exploring numbers,… Read More »

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