The concept of slope is a mystery to many students. Building a foundation for understanding slope begins with establishing concrete knowledge of rates, ratios, proportional relationships, and similarity. By introducing slope as a rate, particularly a unit rate, the real meaning and relevance of slope emerge. This session examines these foundations to deepen participants’ understanding of slope and empowers them to support a coherent transition from middle school to high school mathematics.
Areas of focus
During this one-hour webinar, the following questions will be answered:
- What are the foundations that lead to a concrete understanding of slope?
- What are rates and how do they relate to slope?
- How can students use this skill to transition from middle to high school?
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