Presenter: Ed Zaccaro, Hickory Grove Press
Core Area: 
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B, 3C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Students are required to learn algebra in school, but how can they apply it to concepts in everyday life? Problems are easier once you understand the fundamentals. In this one-hour course from Hickory Grove Press, Ed Zaccaro demonstrates the practical uses for algebra. When you complete this session, you’ll have a clear understanding of the thought process behind algebraic thinking and how to teach it successfully.

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The invention of algebra is the most powerful problem-solving tool ever created. Unfortunately, algebra is too often taught as an abstract concept with no practical uses because children are rarely taught to think algebraically.

Learn techniques for teaching algebraic thinking along with ways to incorporate real-life uses of algebra into your instruction. Ed Zaccaro provides detailed explanations and firsthand examples of how algebra benefits everyone. This session will give you the answer to the question frequently asked by children: When will we ever use algebra?

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How to help students think algebraically
  • When to use algebra
  • How algebra can save money
  • What to avoid when teaching algebra
  • Real-life applications of algebra

Other courses in this series:

10 Challenging Math Problems and Strategies to Successfully Solve Them
Pathway to Mathematical Understanding in Early Childhood
8 Ways to Spark Intellectual Curiosity and Passion in Mathematically Gifted Students

Presenter Bio

Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences
around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and
school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun
and challenging for them as well as his unique sense of humor which comes
through in his classes and workshops. Ed has taught students of all ages and
abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He has a Masters degree
in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Ed’s work is currently
being used around the world and has been translated into several languages
including Chinese and Korean. 

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46 reviews for The Missing Part in Most Math Instruction – How to Think Algebraically

  1. Judi – DRISCOLL ISD (verified owner)

    Good course on algebraic reasoning!

  2. Miriam – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Great examples of building the thinking in levels.

  3. Holly – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    This training was a lot like another one I took. This seemed to give more types of problems to use with students than strategies.

  4. Yvonne – RIESEL ISD (verified owner)

    Mr. Zaccaro kept it interesting!

  5. Silvia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I like that he gave real world examples to use Algebra. I now have answers for when studnets ask me.

  6. David – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  7. Stacy – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the specific problems and how to level them up or down based on needs of the students.

  8. Elinor – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  9. Debra – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    this was very interesting.

  10. Michelle – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Wanted more problems/examples for younger students.

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