Even though my mother was a middle school math teacher, I found my math skills lagging behind my peers. It’s because of that lack that I treasure online mathematics tutorials and resources. In this blog entry, I’ll share one new resource you may not be familiar with.

## Teaching Algebra

My first introduction to algebra was in high school. To survive the experience, I had access to software to help me learn algebraic concepts. But the tutorial software was ineffective because it relied on a multiple choice, drill-and-practice approach. This approach, although common at the time, just didn’t work, which proved an almost insurmountable obstacle for me later. And that’s true for many other students.

Learning algebra is important. Consider **these reasons why**:

- Students take longer to complete college-level math courses.
- Algebra is foundational for higher-level math.
- Algebra is the gatekeeper class for Computer Science.

For me, all three of these reasons were true. Online tutorial tools offer hope for teachers and parents. They ensure children don’t suffer a similar fate as me.

## Introducing the Tool

Wish you had engaging math activities for grade four to twelfth students? Then **Graspable Math** may be a solution to explore. Learn a little more about Graspable Math here:

Graspable Math, available for free for teachers, is an “algebraic notation system.” This means that you can interact on the screen with math symbols. The interactive nature changes how children interact with math, making it less abstract.

Here’s a video overview of Graspable Math for making transformations for simplifying expressions:

## Learn Graspable Math

You can gain a deeper understanding of Graspable Math concepts through their website where you’ll find tutorial videos organized into categories. The categories include:

- Simplifying expressions
- Commutative and distributive properties
- Solving equations

Teachers have access to a **variety of materials online**. You can **access online professional development resources**, too. Virtual sessions are available with certified tool trainers.

## Approach Algebra in a Whole New Way

Graspable Math offers learners a different way to interact with algebra. You can find other math related resources in **this TCEA blog**.

Happy graspable mathing!