In units on linear functions, students learn about direct variation. This includes learning what the concept of direct variation in relations means, learning how to represent a direct variation using an equation, as well as graphing directly varying relations. To make lessons on direct variation more accessible and engaging, math teachers can employ a variety […]

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# Teaching Slope-Intercept Form

When learning about linear functions, algebra 1 students learn what the concept of slope-intercept form of a linear equation means, as well as how to represent any line using slope-intercept form. Even though the slope-intercept form may not be the simplest lesson for students, there are many ways in which math teachers can make this […]

Continue reading# Using Graphs to Relate Two Quantities

In units on functions in algebra 1, one of the first things that students learn is using graphs to relate two quantities, in addition to graphing the data in a table and relating the variables in the table using the data. Even though functions may come across as scary for many students, math teachers can […]

Continue reading# Graphing a Function Rule

In introductory units on functions, algebra 1 students become proficient in graphing a function rule representing a function and learn how to distinguish between discrete and continuous functions. Although some students may experience this topic as challenging, math teachers can help out by applying diverse teaching strategies. In this article, we share a few such […]

Continue reading# Solving Two-Step Equations

Once they’re fluent in solving one-step equations, algebra 1 students can dive into solving two-step equations. This can sometimes be a tricky process, as it’s easy to mess up the order of operations, that is, the order of undoing operations to solve equations. So if you’re a math teacher struggling with this topic – know […]

Continue reading# Teaching Operations on Integers

When learning algebra, students learn how to perform different operations on integers, such as adding or subtracting integers, as well as multiplying and dividing them, by applying the appropriate rules for each operation. Teaching children integer operations can sometimes be challenging and children can easily mix up all those plusses and minuses! To help out, […]

Continue reading# Multiplying Binomials

Once they achieve mastery in adding and subtracting polynomials, Algebra 1 students go on to learn how to multiply or divide polynomials, with the help of the distributive property. Before learning how to multiply long expressions, students engage in multiplying binomials. If you’re a math teacher or homeschooling parent teaching multiplying binomials to your students, […]

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