Algebra Middle School

Follow-Up on Math Term Expungement

In a comment from my recent post “3 Phrases From Math Class we Need to Expunge“, Tina from the blog Productive Struggle shared a Google Doc she has been assembling of terms and “tricks” we all could evaluate in our math courses.

Tina is requesting 3 categories of entries:

What tricks do you hate when students shout out?
What words do your students use without understanding?
What notation do you wish students started using earlier?

Here is the link to the document: Tina’s Google Doc

My favorite so far is Tina’s idea to introduce subscript notation for sequences and series earlier in math courses.  It always surprised me how much trouble that was for my 9th graders….silly almost.


By Bob Lochel

HS Math Teacher. Hatboro-Horsham School District, Horsham, PA.

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