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Stop the Shotgun Approach to Learning Algebraic Rules

Once in a while I have to hold back my chuckles when I’m tutoring. Here’s a classic situation:  a student is looking at part of a problem that has the expression:  x times x. He says he thinks the answer is (in order): “2x” Then “2x squared” Then “Zero?” … and on and on. I call this the […]

Memorization in Algebra — They’ll LOVE you for it (later)

Memorization gets a bad rap in upper-level secondary math courses. But memorization of certain key facts can actually help students tremendously. In this post I suggest that students memorize a certain fact set, in order that they become more proficient at a wide range of Algebra 1 and 2 skills. And I show how you […]