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What skills do algebra teachers wish their students had mastered before taking algebra?

Automaticity on basic arithmetic. That is, the ability to carry out basic arithmetic effortlessly without conscious thought. Automaticity goes beyond capability, proficiency, and even fluency. Simply ...
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What skills do algebra teachers wish their students had mastered before taking algebra?

For me, the top items are automaticity with: Times tables Negative numbers Order of operations I have a timed drill site on these skills at Automatic-Algebra.org. For my incoming remedial algebra ...
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What skills do algebra teachers wish their students had mastered before taking algebra?

+1 all the above. I would add operations with fractions. No "strategies" for multiplication tables. Just know them cold, forward and backwards.
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Ideas for high-school proof class?

Thanks for the description of the kids level (below average). I actually think their time would be better spent on either doing remediation or advancement in their core topics or in just some useful ...
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Ideas for high-school proof class?

Dana Ernst has a fantastic collection of problems which he bases a course around at Northern Arizona University. Here is a link to the course: http://danaernst.com/teaching/mat220s18/ This is a ...
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What skills do algebra teachers wish their students had mastered before taking algebra?

I always tell my students that two of the main things that will mess them up are fractions and signs. Mastery of those is fundamental. Although since it was mentioned, the idea of automaticity is ...
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