Promoting Algebraic Thinking in the Middle-Grades Using Spreadsheets
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What is Algebra? For most people, algebra means using and manipulating (algebraic) symbols, and solving equations. The Algebra Standard, as it is stated in the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, expects more than that from students and teachers. In this workshop we will address some of the ways in which spreadsheets can help to promote algebraic thinking in the middle school mathematics classroom. Spreadsheets can help students to develop an algebraic approach to some problems, and can be created to perform repeated calculations.