One of five Learning Math courses for elementary and middle school teachers which are organized around the content standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Patterns, Functions, and Algebra explores the "big ideas" in algebraic thinking, such as:
- finding, describing, and using patterns;
- using functions to make predictions;
- understanding linearity and proportional reasoning;
- understanding non-linear functions; and
- understanding and exploring algebraic structure.
The concluding case studies show how teachers apply these concepts in their own classrooms.
The course consists of 10 two-and-a-half hour sessions with a half-hour of video programming each, problem-solving activities available in print and on the web, and class discussions. Review the course work requirements and the supporting website for more information.
Annenberg Learner (formerly Annenberg Media) funds and distributes multimedia professional development courses and resources to advance excellent teaching in American schools. These educational video programs with coordinated web and text materials help teachers enhance their expertise in their fields and refine their teaching methods. The School of Education at Colorado State University offers graduate credit for teachers enrolled in these professional development courses. Educational video programs with coordinated interactive web and text resources form the basis for these courses and can be accessed at the Annenberg Learner website.