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Traditional algebra instruction doesn’t work, new study by EvCC instructor shows

Press Release

Release Date: Nov. 23, 2016

Contact: Christopher Quarles, EvCC Math Instructor, 425-388-9977; cquarles@everettcc.edu

Traditional algebra instruction doesn’t work, new study by EvCC instructor shows

Photo: EvCC math instructor Christopher Quarles. 

EVERETT, Wash. – Remember wondering “When am I ever going to use this?” in your algebra class?

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Remember wondering “When am I ever going to use this?” in your algebra class? As it turns out, the answer to that question is just as important as knowing how to solve for x. Solving algebra problems without real-world context does not prepare students to succeed in college-level math classes, according to a recent study co-authored by Everett Community College math instructor Christopher Quarles. “Math skills are most valuable when they’re connected to what students already understand,” Quarles said. “Students seem to forget how to do algebra problems within a few months, unless the problems were connected with real-world applications or represented math in multiple ways, such as graphs.” 

Instructor Andrea Cahan Earns Math Teaching Award

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Release Date: June 12, 2014

Contact: Al Friedman, EvCC Dean of Math and Science, 425-388-9399; afriedman@everettcc.edu

EvCC’s Andrea Cahan Earns Math Teaching Award

EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College math instructor Andrea Cahan is the winner of the 2014 Washington state 2-year college mathematics teaching award. 

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Everett Community College math instructor Andrea Cahan is the winner of the 2014 Washington state 2-year college mathematics teaching award. Cahan was selected for the award by her peers statewide. She was honored for excellence and innovation in teaching with influence beyond her institution. She received the award May 9 at the annual Washington state Two Year College Mathematics Conference in Wenatchee. The conference was co-sponsored by Everett and Shoreline community colleges.

College Spark Washington Awards $39,500 Grant to EvCC for Student Success Study

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Release Date: May 8, 2014
Contact: Christopher Quarles, EvCC Math Instructor, 425-388-9977; cquarles@everettcc.edu

College Spark Washington Awards $39,500 Grant to EvCC for Student Success Study

EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College has received a $39,500 grant from College Spark Washington to study student success. 

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Everett Community College has received a $39,500 grant from College Spark Washington to study student success. The two-year grant funds a study led by EvCC math instructor Christopher Quarles, who is working on the project with EvCC Institutional Research director Alec Campbell and University of California, Berkeley researcher Mickey Davis.