id: 05533987
dt: j
an: 2009b.00396
au: Foy, Michelle
ti: A richer understanding of algebra.
so: Math. Teach. Inc. Micromath 2008, No. 209, 40-41 (2008).
py: 2008
pu: Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), Derby
la: EN
cc: H23 U53
ut: computer software; elementary algebra; computer assisted instruction;
teaching methods; grade 7
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ab: Summary: Algebra is one of those hard-to-teach topics where pupils seem to
struggle to see it as more than a set of rules to learn, but this
author recently used the software "Grid Algebra" from ATM, which
engaged her Year 7 pupils in exploring algebraic concepts for
themselves. "Grid Algebra" allows pupils to experience number,
pre-algebra, and algebra from the foundations in KS2 through to more
developed algebraic concepts and ideas, in a visual and kinaesthetic
way, based on movements around a grid of multiplication tables. The
software comes complete with a whole host of preprogrammed grids,
lesson plans and interactive tasks, as well as handouts to allow pupils
to carry on work away from the computer. There is also scope for
teachers and pupils alike to explore the grid themselves and create new
and exciting ways to use the software. Overall the author found that
although "Grid Algebra" is not a "pick up and go" piece of software, it
does provide an excellent kinaesthetic and visual approach to algebra,
enriching studentsâ€™ overall understanding. It needs a good
introduction to pupils and careful planning and this needs to be
combined carefully with opportunities for pupils to demonstrate their
understanding away from the software. (Contains 2 figures.) (ERIC)
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