Developing Algebraic Thinking (6 - 8)
Discover how to support deeper understanding of foundational algebraic concepts in grades 6-8. Teachers will explore growth patterns and functions, variables, linear relationships, and coordinate graphs. Based on the text and research-based journal articles, teachers will design and implement a unit of grade-level appropriate algebraic thinking activities with their students. All of the readings and activities are built upon the Common Core standards. Teachers may complete this course with or without students.
NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.
This course is applicable towards the Mathematics Teaching Certificate.
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