Bridging the Gap

P6171_Bridging_the_GapHappy spring! The shift from winter to spring is a welcome one for most people, but the shift from arithmetic to algebra can be more challenging. This week’s FREE tool is a table, Disability-Related Learning Characteristics That Affect Learning Mathematics. As the title suggests, it describes particular learning difficulties and pairs them with explanations of how those difficulties might affect a student’s ability to succeed in math. The table comes from CEC’s just-released, Bridging the Gap Between Arithmetic & Algebra, which asks us to rethink how we teach elementary math so we can lay the groundwork for algebra readiness much earlier, making the shift from math to algebra a step, rather than a leap.

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