Thursday, January 7, 2016

Teaching Algebra to a Third Grader

A gifted third grader doing algebra isn't the same as a ninth grader doing algebra. His attention span isn't as long. His writing skills are not as well developed. 

Some things I do to make it work:

Use manipulatives wherever possible

Go slowly. 

Do only as many problems as he can do without getting overwhelmed. 

If I'm willing to break a long lesson into several days' worth of work, and skip the review, he stays excited and interested. 

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