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Critical Juncture Ahead! Proceed with Caution to Introduce the Concept of Function

Gregorio Ponce 

September 2007, Volume 101, Issue 2, Page 136

Abstract:
Algebra teachers find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that they have to teach their students. One way to address this issue is to have teachers teach for understanding by focusing on concepts. The author shares how language can help uncover the core ideas that define the concept of function and provides activities that have been successfully used with students to introduce the core ideas and illustrate the usefulness of a function outside the classroom. Teaching functions is the vehicle for this process.

Keywords:
Article
Algebra
Conceptual Development
Grades 9-12
Curriculum
Teacher
Theory