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Solving Equations: An Algebra Intervention (Math Intervention Series) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205567409
ISBN-10: 0205567401
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Bradley S. Witzel and Paul J. Riccomini

Solving Equations: An Algebra Intervention


This timely new book is filled with essential research-based information that teachers and pre-service teachers alike need in order to help more students achieve mathematical standards by employing the concrete to representational to abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction with forms of algebraic equations.


Proven to help students of all levels acquire and retain knowledge of mathematical concepts better than repeated abstract instruction alone, the CRA sequence of instruction employs: the use of hands-on manipulatives, learning to draw pictures of the steps, and finally transitioning from the pictorial representations to true abstract instruction expected by most state standards. Features placement test and fluency probes to help inform instruction and improve student proficiency. The research for CRA is powerful. However, there are few models out there that guide teachers in their delivery. All practicing teachers of mathematics, especially those who teach math to students who struggle or who have a disability, will benefit greatly from the techniques, content, and research of Witzel and Riccomini’s new book, a research-based, hands-on, applicable guide for mathematics educators everywhere.



Paul J. Riccomini, Ph.D., is a former high school math teacher and special education teacher. He provides numerous professional development workshops focused on improving mathematics education through the application of evidenced-based practices. Paul is the author of several research and practitioner articles describing instruction strategies to more effectively teach math.


Bradley S. Witzel, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He has experience in the classroom as an inclusive and self contained teacher of students with higher incidence disabilities as well as a classroom assistant and classroom teacher of students with low incidence disabilities. He has published research and practitioner articles in algebra education and math education for students with and without learning disabilities as well as functional assessment and motivation procedures. Additionally, he patented an algebra technique and is the author of the book, Multisensory Algebra, a hands-on resoure of pictorial algebra techniques. Dr. Witzel currently focuses on the development of special education teachers and works to provide researched-validated practices and interventions to pre-service and in-service teachers.

About the Author

The author team of Brad Witzel, PhD, and Paul Riccomini, PhD, are professors whose research emphases are mathematics education and students with exceptional learning needs. Simple Equations is their third intervention for struggling students in mathematics with Pearson. Teachers have been using their interventions around the globe and have found wonderful and unique success. They have also written a textbook on Computations of Fractions: Math Intervention for Elementary and Middle Grades Students, which came out in 2009, and Computation of Integers: Math Intervention for Elementary and Middle Grades Students, coming out in 2010.


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Product Details

  • Series: Math Intervention Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (July 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205567401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205567409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley S. Witzel, PhD, is an award winning professor and teacher. As a classroom teacher and before that as a paraeducator he worked in multiple education settings teaching mainly math and science to high achieving students with disabilities. In higher education, Dr. Witzel has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in general and inclusive education methods as well as a variety of other courses from transition to behavior support. He has written several dozen research and practitioner articles, books and book chapters on mathematics education and interventions through such publishers as Corwin Press and Pearson Education. Dr. Witzel works and has worked with with several districts throughout the U.S. to improve student math scores. Recently, Dr. Witzel served as a reviewer of the final report from the National Math Panel and as an author on the IES RtI Math Practice Guide. He is editor of the journal Focus on Inclusive Education through ACEI and serves on the governing board of the Regional Education Laboratory - Southeast, supporting educational research advancements. He also serves as a workgroup member on accessibility with Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium helping prepare educators for assessment of the Common Core State Standards. He received his BS in psychology and education at James Madison University and his MEd and PhD in exceptional student education from the University of Florida where he studied secondary mathematics for students with high-incidence disabilities and at-risk concerns. He currently serves as an associate professor and coordinator of three special education programs at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Most importantly, he is a father of two, husband of an educator, and son of two educators.

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By Max on March 4, 2013
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My son wasn't "getting" how to do algebra. This was a slow and painless way to show him how to do it. The method that they use would not have worked for me, I would have found it confusing learning this way, but my son said that it made sense to him and that it helped him understand the concept better. That is what mattered.
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This program has done wonders for my students. This program is great for concrete learners. The step by step guide helps them from making mistakes.
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