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Math Pathways & Pitfalls Algebra Readiness: Lessons and Teaching Guide, Grades 7–8 (Beta Version)

By Anita Moorjani, Yvonne Kao


This complimentary beta version of Math Pathways & Pitfalls Algebra Readiness mathematics intervention is intended to help students tackle stubborn pitfalls head-on and transform those pitfalls into pathways for learning key standards. It offers an entire year’s worth of lessons that focus on the critical areas of algebra readi­ness, using the same research-backed principles that informed the original series.

Math Pathways & Pitfalls Algebra Readiness delivers powerful strategies, tools, and lessons to promote math practice skills and conceptual understanding. The approach is founded on five research-based principles for how students learn mathematics:

  • Principle 1: Building Mathematical Discussions
  • Principle 2: Making Sense
  • Principle 3: Confronting Pitfalls
  • Principle 4: Visualizing and Connecting
  • Principle 5: Capturing Key Ideas

Math Pathways & Pitfalls Algebra Readiness lessons use a consistent, easy-to-follow format of two-day core lessons, with teaching guides that provide sample prompts and solution keys.

Each lesson consists of an Opener and a Discussion on Day 1, and a Review and Practice on Day 2. Together, the components provide multiple opportunities for students to develop, assess, and solidify their mathematical understandings.

This all-in-one volume contains everything a teacher needs to teach Math Pathways & Pitfalls Algebra Readiness lessons with ease and success, including:

  • 10 complete lessons
  • Teaching Guide
  • Clipboard Prompts
  • Math Pathways & Pitfalls Foundational Principles and Teaching Practices
  • Quick Tips for Implementing Math Pathways & Pitfalls Lessons

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Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-938287-67-1
Copyright: 2019
Format: PDF
Pages: 282
Publisher: WestEd

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