*e*-Learning for Educators

Course Information

Using Patterns to Develop Algebraic Thinking* | |

Course Description | |

In this workshop for middle school teachers of mathematics, participants will explore the nature of algebraic thinking and develop strategies for encouraging the development of algebraic thinking in their students. Through readings, video clips, and examination of student work, participants will learn to: 1) recognize and build on opportunities for algebraic thinking in a variety of mathematics contexts; 2) analyze their students' algebraic thinking; and 3) pose questions that encourage the development of algebraic thinking. Participants will also produce a lesson plan that incorporates the key concepts of the workshop.
*This course is open to all WV educators who hold or have held mathematics certification or multi-subject K-8 certification. | |

Course Syllabus | |

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Using Patterns to Develop Algebraic Thinking## Catalog DescriptionIn this workshop for middle school teachers of mathematics, participants will explore the nature of algebraic thinking and develop strategies for encouraging the development of algebraic thinking in their students. Through readings, video clips, and examination of student work, participants will learn to: 1) recognize and build on opportunities for algebraic thinking in a variety of mathematics contexts; 2) analyze their students' algebraic thinking; and 3) pose questions that encourage the development of algebraic thinking. Participants will also produce a lesson plan that incorporates the key concepts of the workshop. ## PrerequisitesParticipants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files. ## GoalsThis workshop will enable participants to: -
Develop an understanding of mathematical and algebraic thinking -
Recognize and build on opportunities for algebraic thinking in a variety of mathematics contexts -
Analyze students' algebraic thinking -
Pose questions that encourage the development of algebraic thinking
## Assessment and Course RequirementsEach session includes readings, an activity and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. ##
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