# Developing Algebraic Thinking (DAT)

Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP)

## Funded by the Kentucky Department of Education

2007-2010 Total Award: $600,000

## Districts Included in Grant

Lee County; Carter County

## Goals

- Enhance K-5 teachers' conceptual understanding and pedagogical content knowledge in the areas of algebra, specifically focused on: 1) representing and analyzing mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols; 2) using mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships; 3) understanding patters, relations and functions; and, 4) analyzing change in various contexts.
- Enhance K-5 teachers' ability to implement effective mathematics instruction using research-based strategies.
- Develop administrators' knowledge and skills to provide effective instructional leadership and support of high quality algebra teaching and learning in elementary schools.

## Teacher Component

- Improve understanding of key concepts in algebra needed to effectively implement the content standards outlined in the Program of Studies and Core Content for Assessment.
- Deconstruct the K-8 algebra standards in state curriculum document into the factual and conceptual knowledge; skills and procedures; and reasoning and process skills that students must have to reach the standard.
- Improve understanding of how children learn mathematics.
- Understanding the various factors that make the transition from arithmetic to algebra difficult for students.
- Design algebra units of study whose content is aligned to the state curriculum documents.
- Understand and use manipulatives and technology to teach algebraic concepts.
- Understand and integrate a variety of assessment strategies and understand how to use results to adjust instruction and improve student learning.

Product: Develop, Field Test, and Construct learning progressions, interventions, and assessments (diagnostic, formative, and summative)

## Administrator Component

- Build understanding of effective math instruction
- Improve knowledge of algebraic concepts outlined in state curriculum documents
- Recognize appropriate instructional strategies for mathematics, including manipulatives and technology.
- Conduct math classroom observations with confidence and provide timely and quality feedback to teachers regarding their mathematics instruction.
- Understand and monitor sound assessment practices.

## For More Information

For more information on this program, please contact:

Kim Zeidler-Watters

Director, P-12 Math & Science Outreach Unit

Kim.Zeidler@uky.edu

859-257-4915