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Exploring the Arc from Arithmetic to Algebra in Mathematics

Diagram showing the progression of algebra.

Though mathematics teachers have a deep knowledge of the specific grade-level standards they teach, they may not see how the mathematics that students experience in their classrooms fits into the overall thread of algebraic learning. This whitepaper discusses: 

  • The importance of K–2 mathematics skills that are the foundation for understanding algebraic concepts 
  • How an understanding of the progression of skills helps educators pinpoint areas  they might need to revisit with students in order to support their access to grade-level standards 
  • How an understanding of the skills continuum will help educators show students that the mathematics they’re learning isn’t a collection of isolated concepts, but a part of a beautiful, cohesive whole 

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About the Author

Elizabeth Peyser is a National Director, Content and Implementation, at Curriculum Associates. She specializes in training K–12 educators to interpret progressions in the mathematical standards. Prior to her current position, Liz was vice president of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics, a K–12 math coordinator for Wichita Public Schools, and a trainer for the Kansas State Department of Education. During Kansas’ transition to the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards, Liz developed math clinics for teachers that became the statewide training program. She has been a frequent speaker at National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conferences. 

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