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Concrete Algebra

Participants will use chips, dice, and algebra tiles to provide a concrete model for understanding typical algebra concepts, such as integers, addition and subtraction of polynomials, distributive property, FOIL, factoring of trinomials, and solving equations, linear and quadratic. Participants will also look at sequences of tile arrangements as an avenue to writing algebraic expressions and solving equations. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to teach the concepts covered by a purposeful transition through concrete, pictorial, and symbolic stages of representation and to assess student performance.