ERIC Number: EJ1141228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
SMP That Help Foster Algebraic Thinking
Billings, Esther M. H.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v23 n8 p476-483 Apr 2017
Arithmetic is a major mathematical focus in elementary school curriculum, and researchers such as Mason (2008) claim that "algebraic thinking is required in order to make sense of arithmetic" (p. 58). When adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, learners must rely on a small set of fundamental properties also important for the study of algebra. In this article, explore how a teacher incorporates the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) into her instruction to help young learners use representations, look for patterns, notice underlying mathematical structure, and begin to generalize relationships.
Descriptors: Algebra, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Arithmetic, Elementary School Mathematics, Problem Solving, Mathematics Teachers, Teaching Methods
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-9840; Fax: 703-476-2570; e-mail: NCTM@nctm.org; Web site: http://www.nctm.org/publications/teaching-children-mathematics/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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