Weaving Geometry and Algebra Together

  • Weaving Geometry and Algebra Together

    Michelle Cetner
    Two activities help create a tapestry of connections
    When thinking about student reasoning and sense making, we teachers must consider the nature of tasks given to students along with how we plan to use the tasks in the classroom. Students should be presented with tasks in a way that encourages them to draw connections between algebraic and geometric concepts. To this end, a dynamic geometry program can be used with high school mathematics students to convey standard algebra and geometry concepts in a connected way through the use of carefully constructed questions and directed discussions. The platform used in the following examples is The Geometer's Sketchpad®, but the tasks could be adapted to any dynamic geometry software platform.
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