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Teaching Radicals in Less than Five Minutes

Many students approach college level math courses with anxieties approaching phobic levels. Math instructors continue to search for innovative teaching methods which make math concepts easier to understand, and at the same time, lessen student fears. Various techniques, such as mnemonics, acronyms and other minds/hands-on techniques, have been used in attempts to increase student understanding, encoding, retrieval and usage of information. This article presents a conceptual teaching tool which consists of attaching new ideas or techniques to a previously learned concept or behavior.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Curriculum Topic Benchmarks: M3.3.16, M3.4.5, M4.3.18
Subject Keywords: Radicals, Roots

Author(s): Juli Ratheal
PUMAS ID: 12_03_06_1
Date Received: 2006-12-03
Date Revised: 2007-06-23
Date Accepted: 2007-06-24

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