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


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

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

  1. Maricela – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    great examples for algebra

  2. Victoria – MIAMI TRACE LOCAL (verified owner)

    This course helped me to consider ways to encourage algebraic thinking.

  3. Jodi – CELINA CITY (verified owner)

    Great course

  4. Dionne – Yellow Springs Exempted Village (verified owner)

    I liked the fun facts presented as ways to capture the interest of students.

  5. Lorraine – Los Angeles Unified School District (verified owner)


  6. Paula – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative way to look at Math

  7. Andy – NEW BREMEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    It was a good reminder to have students write down what they know and draw pictures/label when they can. Especially with online testing and so much work down on technology devices, it is hard for them to get out a paper and pencil and actually show work and try to work it out visually.

  8. Manuel – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    Course is good.

  9. Blanca – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    This training helps better support students who do not think algebraically.

  10. Noe – GRAND PRAIRIE ISD (verified owner)


  11. Mark – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    I like the large number of real world examples to be able to use in class!

  12. Chris – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Some of the material is repeated from other courses offered by the presenter.

  13. LUIS – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This was an excellent course that provided real world examples of algebra word problems.

  14. MARTHA – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Real world questions that build algebraic thinking.

  15. Stacey – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

    Great way to show students how to think algebraically.

  16. Chris – CARROLL ISD (verified owner)

    I absolutely loved all of the different examples that you could use immediately in your class in order to get the kids to start thinking algebraically. The real life examples that were presented in the problem are extremely beneficial to all students period I will definitely be looking into purchasing Edward Zaccaro’s Real World Algebra book.

  17. Blanca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed his sessions. They got me thinking.

  18. Laura – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  19. Asela – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I like all the possible scenarios students can explore regardless of math class (alg 1, geometry, algebra 2, pre cal, etc)

  20. Darlene – NEW BREMEN LOCAL (verified owner)

    Helping student to think algebraically

  21. Daphne – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    I love the thought process in breaking it down for students to understand algebra.

  22. Deborah – RIESEL ISD (verified owner)

    Zaccaro presents ideas that I can relate to.

  23. Esperanza – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I liked the real life examples.

  24. Keana – CHISUM ISD (verified owner)

    The presenter was not engaging, and the question graphics and the questions asked below the graphic did not match.

  25. aldo – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    all good

  26. norma – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    easy to understand why kids mess up on test

  27. Sandra – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This course is very interesting because we get to do some critical thinking.


    It is good that we can show students how algebra can be used in the real world.

  29. Dawn – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I appreciate having sessions specific to math/algebra and ways to help kids think algebraically.

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