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How I wish the math curriculum would introduce the equals sign – Part 2

Robert C. Schoen | July 20, 2018
Equals Sign

So now that we know that there is a significant problem with how our students view the equals sign, how do we implement the suggestions put forth in Part 1 of this blog? How do we get students to understand that the equals sign means a relation between values on either side of the equals sign?

True or False? 1 = 1.

Robert C. Schoen | November 11, 2017
Equals Sign

Pop quiz: True or false? 1=1. You’re probably thinking, “Of course it’s true! Obviously 1 equals 1!” Is it really obvious, though?

How I wish the math curriculum would introduce the equals sign – Part 1

Robert C. Schoen | October 9, 2017
Equals Sign

Have you ever noticed that the = button on a calculator means something different than how we use = on paper? Unfortunately, our elementary students tend to view the equals sign just as if they were pressing the enter button on a calculator.

All things being equal, the equals sign deserves more attention.

Robert C. Schoen | October 5, 2017
Equals Sign

Despite the importance of = as a relational operator in mathematics that is used at all levels K–20 (and beyond), many elementary, secondary, and even post-secondary mathematics students have a limited understanding of the intended meaning of that symbol in mathematics.