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Click on one of the categories to the right to find specific resources on algebra, or check out the general algebra resources below.

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Desmos

Have you ever thought how much cooler a worksheet or textbook could be if the pictures could move and respond to your students?  What if students could "play" with graphs and quickly see what changing a single component would do to a graph (such as changing the b in y =mx+b)? Desmos is user friendly and thoughtfully uses color and layout in ways that support students' understanding. 

This link will take you to the graphing calculator, a great resource alone:

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You will also find many creative teachers using Desmos. To tap their ideas for classroom activities using this resource, check out this site:

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TAGS: CCRS, Level D, Level E

Radical Equations

Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project. Moses, Robert P. & Cobb, Charles E (2001). Available at many libraries, bookstores, through Amazon and Powell's, etc. (ISBN-13: 978-0807031278)

Moses writes about the connection between math and science literacy and full citizenship/access to power.  The idea that math is a necessary tool for accessing full civil rights may be of interest to many ABE teachers. The Algebra  Project works with entire communities – parents, teachers, and especially students – to create a culture of literacy around algebra, a crucial steppingstone to college math and opportunity.

From the publisher:

"At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside –— national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors –— the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities.

Begun in 1982, the Algebra Project is transforming math education in twenty-five cities. Founded on the belief that math-science literacy is a prerequisite for full citizenship in society, the Project works with entire communities — parents, teachers, and especially students — to create a culture of literacy around algebra, a crucial stepping-stone to college math and opportunity."

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TAGS: algebra, civil rights, equity, Robert Moses, Algebra Project