Registration closes: 24th August 2020
Target Audience: Teachers of years 7 to 10.
If we consider mathematics to be a language of its own, then the introduction of letters to a syntax that has, up until that point, been entirely dominated by numbers, can be foreign and unintelligible to learners. Algebra is formally introduced in Year 7, and with this leap from numerical to symbolic representation, a large portion of students start having great difficulty interpreting mathematics; A common finding in research is that the introduction of Algebra in early secondary school (Years 7-8) contributes to a decline in a large number of students’ math results due to inabilities to interpret this new mathematical language.
In this virtual learning session, Danijela and Helen will demonstrate ways to make algebra more conceptually understandable to students. Students need to be able to see the links between the context, the concrete representation, numerical data, visual depictions and symbolic/algebraic text. Without understanding how these representations relate to one another, algebra is indecipherable.
Presented by: Danijela Draskovic and Helen Haralambous (Secondary Education Consultants at MAV)
Virtual learning session: This session will be delivered via WebEx. If possible, the session will be recorded. Details for joining the session will be sent after registrations close.