Making Sense of Algebra


“One of our main goals is to lead students to expect mathematics to make sense, to feel coherent and not arbitrary, and to have understandable reasons behind its facts and methods.”

—Paul Goldenberg, June Mark, Jane Kang, Mary Fries, Cindy Carter, and Tracy Cordner, authors of Making Sense of Algebra


Read a sample chapter from Making Sense of Algebra. In it, the authors focus on five habits of mind and why they are so important to our students’ success in algebra. This sample from Chapter 1 includes:

  • why experiencing and exploring patterns, even before students have expressed patterns in algebraic language, is so important
  • how “tailless” word problems help students improve their mathematical questioning skills
  • the importance of helping students learn to communicate clearly and precisely.