I am rolling out a series of videos on math topics from middle school and algebra 1. Here is a link to the folder with the accompanying handouts. This post will be updated periodically.
Let me know if your school is covering a topic that is challenging and students would benefit from an alternative presentation. I will see what I can do. The links to the videos are listed below the photo.
I introduce solving equations by building off of the visual presentation used to introduce equations. The two photos below show an example of handouts I use. Below these two photos I offer an explanation of how I use these handouts.
First I develop an understanding of a balanced equation vis-a-vis an unbalance equation using the seesaw representation.
I then explain that the same number of guys must be removed from both sides to keep the seesaw balanced.
I then apply the subtraction shown above to show how the box (containing an unknown number of guys) is isolated. I explain that the isolated box represents a solution and that getting the box by itself is called solving.
I use a scaffolded handout to flesh out the “mathy” steps. This would be followed by a regular worksheet.
I extend the solving method using division when there are multiple boxes. I introduce the division by explaining how dividing a Snickers bar results in 2 equal parts. When the boxes are divided I explain both boxes have the same number of guys.
The students are then provided a scaffolded handout followed by a regular worksheet.
Below is a screen shot of a video in a series of videos that provide instruction on algebra topics. The videos are designed to make algebra more accessible for almost all students.
The presentations include the following instructional strategies
- A focus on conceptual understanding (not just teaching steps)
- Connection to prior knowledge
- Breaking the math topics down into “bite-sized” pieces (chunking)
- Color coding
- Making the math relevant
The videos can be used in the following ways
- Differentiation for students who need an alternative presentation
- Initial instruction for students who missed instruction
- Initial instruction as part of a class, e.g. flipping a classroom
- For use when a substitute is covering a class
- Intervention based instruction
- Part of math support services (especially for special ed teachers who are not well versed in algebra topics)
- Homework support
The videos include a link to the handouts used in the presentation. Additional practice worksheets will be included as well.
NOTE: this is only a sample, with more samples to follow. Please share feedback or ask questions.