My algebra students inspired Algebra for the Urban Student. It started off as just a collection of units for my students so I could ensure that we're exposed to and mastered all the topics for the assessments. Parents commented on homework assignments because they could now help their children with their homework because it was easy to understand and follow without even stepping foot in my class! My students liked coming to class because they wanted to know the next story I had written. For the first time, many students understood their homework and could complete their assignments. Also, students were improving their reading and comprehension skills in both English and algebra! I had written enough units and assessments to write a book. Textbooks are designed for math teachers and professors; Algebra for the Urban Student is intended for the common student.
This book is inspired by the students I teach. So many times students do so well in class, but when they leave my classroom, they have forgotten everything or are confused as to how to do their homework. My students would say to me, “I wish I could stick you in a pocket and take you home with me.” Because I heard this so frequently from them, I started writing stories for my students. The activities are guided practice exercises so they would have a “navigation system” to guide them through the entire assignment. It is the closest thing to having me right there with them as they were doing their homework. My stories became a hit with the students and parents alike. I have written enough stories to compile them all into a book. My book, Algebra for the Urban Student, takes into consideration the challenges students in the math classroom, and use cultural relevance to help them wrap their minds around abstract concepts so they are able to experience success and confidence in their math class!
Algebra for the Urban Student
Using Stories to Make Algebra Fun and Easy
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