An InDepth LookInquirybased Algebra curriculum offers realworld applications and cooperative learning
Changes in society and the workplace require a careful analysis of the algebra curriculum that we teach. The curriculum, teaching, and learning of yesterday do not meet the needs of today's students.
Mathematics in RealLife Contexts
 Students work with real data, reallife situations, and realworld applications to realize the value and enjoyment of learning mathematics.
 Innovative classrooms incorporate investigations, experiments, and cooperative learning.
 Students approach traditional and contemporary algebra topics from many different perspectives, exploring concepts informally and intuitively before seeing algebra in its abstract, symbolic representations.
 Students use technology, such as graphing calculators, computers, and electronic datacollection devices, to explore problems, ideas, and concepts from different viewpoints in a learning environment that encourages a spirit of discovery.
 The coherent nature of the content structure enables students to see the connections between families of functions.
 Students use both technologyrelated and paperandpencil problemsolving tools.
 Explorations and investigations emphasize symbol sense, algebraic manipulations, and conceptual understandings.
 Students make sense of important algebraic concepts, learn essential algebraic skills, and discover how to use algebra as a practical and flexible tool.
Important Benefits of Discovering Advanced Algebra
 Encourages students to make sense of numbers, variables, expressions, equations, and algebraic "laws" in contextual situations
 Prepares students for additional study of mathematics, science, and courses rich in data analysis and statistics, in high school and beyond
 Allows students to work with reallife data, situations, and applications
 Integrates algebra with geometry, statistics, data analysis, functions, probability, and trigonometry
 Emphasizes inquiry, problem solving, mathematics investigation, writing, discussion, and cooperative learning
 Integrates graphing calculator technology, with specific instructions for the Texas Instruments TI83 Plus, TI84 Plus, TINspire, and TINspire CAS graphing calculators, to develop a powerful, meaningful, and useful mathematics content and process
 Provides optional opportunities for indepth explorations using Dynamic Mathematics software, with specific instructions for The Geometer's Sketchpad® and Fathom® Dynamic Data software
 Provides a handson, investigative approach that is easily adapted for multiple periods or block scheduling, sustaining students' interest for 90 minutes, as they set up, complete, and discuss the investigations
 Embodies an algebra curriculum that is consistent with the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
 Is highly adaptable to different teaching styles and curricular needs
