The subject of algebra has always been important in American secondary mathematics education. However, algebra at the elementary level has been garnering increasing attention and importance over the past 15 years. There is consequently a dire need for ideas, suggestions and models for how best to achieve pre-algebraic instruction in the elementary grades. Planting the Seeds of Algebra will empower teachers with theoretical and practical knowledge about both the content and pedagogy of such instruction, and show them the different faces of algebra as it appears in the early grades. The book will walk teachers of young children through many examples of K-6 math lessons and unpack, step by step, the hidden connections to higher algebra. After reading this book, teachers will be better equipped to reflect on their teaching, renew their thinking, and change parts of their practice in order to transform their classroom culture into one where both students and teachers are attuned to algebraic thinking, reasoning, talking, writing, and doing.
Chapter 10: Double Deckers—A Math-Night Presentation (Grades K–1)
Double Deckers—A Math-Night Presentation (Grades K–1)
Engaging parents as active partners of learning in a school's community is an essential part of a child's successful education. After all, children spend roughly 85% of their lives outside of school, or roughly 75% of their waking hours. In particular, parents’ support can play a vital role at all stages of their children's learning of mathematics. The failure to adequately engage with parents and community leaders in ways that help them understand the mathematics reform efforts and the research behind them— such as algebra in the early grades—has negatively impacted not only the reform efforts themselves but also the general public's perception of mathematics in today's primary classrooms. When parents are not ...