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Algebra through Visually Mediated Thinking, Grades 6 – 9

Representing mathematics concepts with concrete manipulatives provides visual, spatial, tactile, and kinesthetic input to the learner and allows for greater participation in the learning process by the right half of the brain. Using 2-color chips, dice, and algebra tiles, participants will model operations with integers and will add, subtract, and evaluate polynomials, solve equations, multiply binomials, and factor trinomials. Resist the monopoly in education by left-hemisphered, verbal-sequential thinking!