Garland (PRWEB) April 05, 2012
The founder of the EDUKATE Academy, Canaa Lee, states the foundation of high school mathematics is algebra. This is the basic building block of high school math. Why is it that most students do not master algebra? Every student knows it is coming and it is a requirement. Are students fully equipped with the tools needed to be successful in algebra? What tools do students need in order to be a superstar in algebra?
Lee states that the biggest problem is that algebra is abstract; a misconception is that it is useless, “just a bunch of letters and numbers that have no meaning.” Algebra must have meaning and relevance to the students. Also, algebra must be concrete, something they can see, draw, relate to, manipulate in order for students to internalize, conceptualize, and understand algebra.
The EDUKATE reveals a new, and simpler way to look at the concept of a linear function. The linear function is the foundation of algebra. It is the idea that relationships display a constant pattern that is consistent. Most of the relationships experienced in life are “linear” anyway. Using real world experience can teach the foundation of linear functions!
Lee reveals a real life algebra scenario: “You call a plumber to come look at your toilet. He tells you it costs $50 an hour to fix the toilet. He also charges you $50 just to look at it”! From this point, it is relatively easy to write a linear function. There are two things to consider: how much it’s going to cost and how much time it is going to take.
This is how to write the function: there is a need to use two variables, c for cost and h for hours. The function looks like this: c = $50 + $50h. "Congratulations. The first algebra task is complete. Wasn’t that easy? Now, from this point, there are several directions one can take, such as graphing cost vs. hours or creating a table”.
Lee states that algebra does not have to be hard and tedious. “You must start with the basic building blocks of algebra in order for students to have a solid foundation. Don’t forget, students must do their homework and ask questions. However, if they are falling behind and are not able to catch up, don’t delay, call the EDUKATE Academy at 972-666-4900 today”.