Lincoln-Way Engages Students with Problem Solving
Monday, August 31, 2015

Last week, approximately 50 students taking Algebra I at Lincoln-Way Central participated in an engaging lesson about algebraic expressions.

During the hands-on lesson, students split into groups of four to play a modified version of the card game Rummy. Students were given cards with a verbal description or algebraic expression and were tasked with matching their cards to create books of equivalent expressions.

The lesson is part of an overall revamp of the districts Algebra curriculum which is being rolled out across Lincoln-Ways four high schools this year. Created by a district-wide math committee of more than 40 instructors, the new Algebra I curriculum places greater emphasis on problem-solving and inquiry than ever before.

Our goal is to stray from the traditional memorization of math to a math curriculum that forces students to identify and solve problems, said Lincoln-Way Central Math Chair Brian Mulford. This approach will help students prepare for the demands of more rigorous math in the ACT and PARCC as well as to learn practical problem solving techniques needed in life after high school.