Teaching principles

The algebra study units focus on three main teaching principles. You can find out about these principles, the main advantages they offer, and how applying them consistently can strengthen teaching and learning of algebra.

The teaching principles

Benefits of consistent use

When the three teaching principles are applied consistently, pupils learn to:

  • construct and manipulate algebraic expressions, equations and formulae
  • represent algebraic relationships based on their understanding.

This provides a far stronger foundation for their learning than when they are given sets of rules to apply. As a result, when the steps in a procedure are not obvious, pupils are far more able to resolve difficulties for themselves.