The distributive property can befuddle and confuse the best algebra students. This post explains a way to teach the distributive property that breaks the process down into “baby steps.” Using this process, many students lose their sense of being overwhelmed and succeed at the process.

# Archive | Algebra

This is the category for all things Algebra.

# 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 […]

# Math in movies: Who says math isn’t cool?

Who says math is not “cool”? Check out this list of movies that prominently feature math content in the storyline? This should be enough to motivate many of our students who complain that math is not relevant to the “real world,” or who just feel that math is only for “nerds.”

# Algebra Survival e-Workbook arrives TODAY!!

eBook version of the Algebra Survival Guide is HERE! Check it out on Amazon.com Price is 20% lower than that of the paperback version, and the e-version has several unique advantages over the paperback book.

# How to Decrease Algebraic Mistakes – Part 6

Factoring by grouping is one of the trickier skills in Algebra 1. But by using a special form of notation, the double-slash, students can do this skill with greater ease. This post explains how this notation can help students tackle this challenging form of factoring.

# Algebra Survival Guide wins an AWARD!

An organization in Detroit, Michigan has just given my book, the Algebra Survival Guide, an award. The Detroit-based Front Porch organization selected the Algebra Survival Guide for its acclaimed “Golden Porch Award.” This year there were just two winners of the Golden Porch Award, and the Guide was one of them. Sharing the honors with […]

# How to Decrease Algebraic Mistakes – Part 5

Combining like terms confuses many students. But by using a special notation, the double-slash, students get a visual aid that helps them combine like terms with greater care. This post shows how to use the double-slash to combine like terms. And it offers practice problems and their solutions, too.

# How to decrease Algebraic mistakes – Part 4

The double-slash notation comes to the rescue in algebra once again. In this post we learn how this clever notation device helps students combine positive and negative numbers, the trickiest pre-algebra concept of all. Read to find out how you can use this notation to make this concept easier for your students or children.

# How to Decrease Mistakes in Algebra – Part 3

The double-slash helps students for a variety of reasons. This post explains some of the reasons why it works.

# How to Decrease Mistakes in Algebra – Part 2

Algebra is an area of math that leads many students to make mistakes. Using a simple “Double-Slash” mark helps students wall off parts of algebra expressions from other parts, so that they avoid making mistakes. This post and the next several post will help educators learn how to use the “Double-Slash.”