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teaching students (not in algebra) how to solve equations
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bdurham
Posted 11/12/2009 6:22 PM (#2568)
Subject: teaching students (not in algebra) how to solve equations
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I used the "box & dot" method with my general seventh graders, and almost every one of them caught on within 15 minutes! (The negatives were still a little tricky, though.) The next day, we used tables, and almost every one of them caught on to that, too!

Most of these students will probably struggle with "traditional" algebra techniques.

Class notes for these methods are available at my website:
Box-and-Dot Method (Basically, Hands-On Equations without the physical manipulatives)
http://staff.fcps.net/bdurham/Class%20Notes%202009-2010/class%20notes%2011-10.htm
Table Method (numeric solution techniques are really underappreciated...even though that's what "graphing" calculators really do)
http://staff.fcps.net/bdurham/Class%20Notes%202009-2010/class%20notes%2011-11.htm
BobbieG
Posted 2/19/2010 9:44 AM (#2714 - in reply to #2568)
Subject: RE: teaching students (not in algebra) how to solve equations
Counts on fingers & toes

Posts: 13

Great strategies! I've also solved equations with pattern blocks and colored counters, but the logistics are very time consuming - so, I like your methods!
salbright
Posted 2/20/2010 9:41 AM (#2724 - in reply to #2568)
Subject: RE: teaching students (not in algebra) how to solve equations
Counts on fingers & toes

Posts: 11

thanks! I can't wait to try this out next year with my 7th graders.
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