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Teaching AlgebraWritten by Tara PerisAny educator can tell you that teaching algebra is no easy task. Between the negative attitudes with which many students broach the subject, and the complex nature of the material itself, it can be hard to make much headway. Luckily, an array of new learning materials has emerged and they make teaching algebra a much easier endeavor. Students routinely approach algebra with dread and apprehension. With the right experiences, however, these negative attitudes dissolve quickly. In fact, students who get off on the right foot end up viewing algebra as a fun and engaging subject. Teaching Algebra in an Effective MannerAs a result, the central task in teaching algebra is to help children have positive experiences early on. By working in a gradual, stepwise manner, they can gain mastery over the fundamentals before progressing to more complex applications. Further, if they can learn in a handson, interactive format, they are more likely to stay on task and persist when material becomes challenging. There are a number of ways to facilitate this in the classroom. Obviously, effective teaching begins with a wellorganized syllabus and an engaging approach to teaching. However, the use of handson exercises as well as the integration of novel teaching materials is sure to help children have a favorable learning experience. »
