Factoring polynomials is a hotly-debated topic in algebra. Students and parents (and sometimes teachers) often see little to no point in the activity. To the extent that there is an ongoing...

# Category: Algebra and Trig for Students and Parents

Tonight our school district sponsored a webinar for parents about mathematical mindsets. The main speaker was Jo Boaler, from Stanford University, who is arguably most famous for establishing the...

Algebra tiles are arguably the most common and useful manipulative in the algebra classroom. They are also one of the most misunderstood. Advocates are wholehearted and love to show off the exciting...

What Are the Math Practices, and What Do They Have to Do With Me?

The Common Core Math Standards adopted by many US states are an attempt to establish consistent, age-appropriate, research-backed goals for math learning. This allows more easeful transitions for...

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) include eight “Mathematical Practices” that teachers and students are encouraged to use throughout their mathematical lives. These are different from the...

The next-to-last step of any problem solving should be checking your answer for reasonableness. (The last step, of course, is stating the answer clearly and completely.) Often when we're working...