Archive | “Scaffolding” in Math

New GEOMETRY Product on Horizon

New Geometry product on horizon from Singing Turtle Press. Math author Josh Rappaport is coming out with an eBook on geometry. Read this post to find out more!

Visual Symbols Slay the Distributive Property

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.

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 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 Algebraic Mistakes – Part 1

Algebraic expressions are covered with mental “land mines.” Step the wrong way, and an expression will blow up on the page, making it impossible for students to move in the right direction. Fortunately there’s a simple thing students can do to succeed at simplifying algebraic expressions, and that simple something is using what I call […]

“Math Cafe” Gives Students Options for Math Success

Students like to order off of menus when they are in math class. That means that they like to learn a variety of approaches and then choose the method that works best for them. This post shows teachers how they can teach the same skill in a variety of ways and thereby give students more […]

New Approaches to Help Students Overcome Math Struggles

The teaching technique of finding out and helping students learn the “baby steps” that make up the larger math processes is having success through an organization called “Jump Math.” Read about it on this post.