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Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as
Overview of the Course:
Algebra for Middle School Teachers
The goals of this course were:
To strengthen teachers’ understanding of algebra, particularly as it applies to expanding the vision of what algebra is in the middle school and the transition from arithmetic to algebraic thinking;
To discuss professional readings pertaining to Latino students’ learning of algebraic concepts; and
To discuss unique linguistic and cultural resources that Latino students bring to the classroom and how these can be used as assets in learning mathematics.