Focus on Algebra: Linear Functions
This workshop is a study of linear functions in 8th grade and algebra 1. Next offering is Summer 2018, more details to come soon.
The workshop takes a function-based approach. We examine a series of thirteen purposefully sequenced algebra tasks with an eye toward understanding the linear content standards, examining teacher pedagogy, and incorporating mathematical habits of mind.
The tasks include truly problematic situations, math congresses, and algebra problem strings. This is not just a bunch of nice activities. Rather, teachers study the progression of tasks – how to engage students in a multiple-entry task that leads into the next multiple entry-task that leads into the next multiple-entry task….
Watch Abby, our fabulous algebra teacher, who was crazy enough to let us video her in real classes with real students. They perform multiple-entry tasks and use technology in a powerful way. We codify several high-leverage teacher moves that help students construct mathematical relationships.
Materials include handouts and electronic files with teacher notes, resource files, and video clips of teachers and students at work. There is a fourth day for trainers and facilitators that focuses on how to turn the workshop around.
This workshop is appropriate teachers of grade 8 and algebra 1.