Purpose of Early College Algebra

When I was still teaching I would regularly remind my Algebra students that the purpose of the course was to introduce them to the use of abstraction, generalization, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning.  I would point out that we would study these ideas by exploring the patterns and relationships of a variety of algebraic entities

Basic Knowledge is Needed

“there is some basic knowledge we just need to be able to retrieve as easily as tying our shoes, so you can use your working memory for the more critical tasks.” Tricia Taylor http://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2018/2/28-1