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Connecting Research to Teaching
Connecting Research to Teaching: Using Pólya to Overcome Translation Difficulties

Tim Jacobbe 

December 2007, Volume 101, Issue 5, Page 390

Abstract:
The four-step problem solving process developed by George Polya is shown as a method to aid students in translating verbal statements into algebraic notation in this issue’s Connecting Research to Teaching. Connecting Research to Teaching aims to bridge the gap between research and practice by describing current research and then demonstrating its importance and applicability to practicing classroom teachers. This department presents information to help teachers understand students’ conceptions or misconceptions of important ideas, consider various approaches to teaching, and offer activities that probe students’ understanding.  Connecting Research to Teaching is devoted to articles that bring research insights and findings to an audience of teachers and other mathematics educators (supervisors, professional developers, and teacher educators), and is a regular department of Mathematics Teacher.

Keywords:
Article
Algebra
Grades 9-12
Teacher
Skill and Fluency
Representation