This practice guide provides three recommendations for teaching algebra to students in middle school and high school. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, administrators, and other educators who want to improve their students’ algebra knowledge.
Use solved problems to engage students in analyzing algebraic reasoning and strategies.
Teach students to utilize the structure of algebraic representations.
Teach students to intentionally choose from alternative algebraic strategies when solving problems.
This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-IES-13-C-0010.
The following research staff contributed to the guide:
Pia Caronongan, Joshua Furgeson, Betsy Keating, and Julia Lyskawa.
Jon R. Star
Iowa State University
Matthew R. Larson
Lincoln Public Schools
William G. McCallum
University of Arizona
Traverse City Area Public Schools
Rose Mary Zbiek
Pennsylvania State University
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