Learners acquire and store knowledge in two primary ways: linguistically (reading or hearing), and nonlinguistically (i.e. visual imagery, kinesthetic or whole-body modes). The more students use both systems of representing knowledge, the better they are able to think about and recall what they have learned.
Learners acquire and store knowledge in two primary ways: linguistically (reading or hearing), and nonlinguistically (i.e. visual imagery, kinesthetic or whole-body modes). The more students use both systems of representing knowledge, the better they are able to think about and recall what they have learned (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001). To enhance students’ learning In the area of mathematics, try some of the following Ideas that utilize nonlinguistic Instructional strategies such as graphic organizers, physical models, mental pictures, pictographs, and kinesthetic activities.
Web Sites for Teaching the VA Mathematics SOL
Kinesthetic learning is not just for early grades. In his lesson, “Choreographing Math,” math teacher Brandon Jones worked with a drama teacher to teach the concept of reflections (VA SOL MATH 8.8).
Teachers can tap the excitement and energy of children with role-playing and simulation activities for grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Videos of the activities are provided. What’s the Price? (VA SOL: MATH 3.6, 3.7). http://www.learner.org/resources/series32.html
Use wildlife data to create models and images. Make a visit to The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Eagle Cam, and teach the lesson, “Flying High with Fledglings ” (VA SOL: Math 7.18, 8.3, 8.12, 8.14) (broken link) http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/eaglecam/
Use this interactive Pan Balance model applet to prompt students to find numerical expressions that are equivalent to one another (VA SOL Math : 2.2, 3.3, 3.4). http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=26
In the NCTM unit entitled Eat Your Veggies, students collect and display data in a variety of ways, beginning with tallies and pictographs. There are seven lessons in the unit (VA SOL Math :4.7). http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?ID=U114
More Mathematics Resources:
• Wild About Math: A collection of activities (72 pages) for graphing calculators using authentic wildlife research data from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/education/
• Searchable Math Explorer Activity Database (lessons and activities) (broken link) http://www.exploratorium.edu/math_explorer/search.php?help=yes
• Internet Resources to Support the Use of Nonlinguistic Strategies (broken link) http://rcweb.redclay.k12.de.us/Curriculum/ditc06/internet_resources.htm
• The Ed Reform Network Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ed Technology Innovations Challenge Grant Program provides resources to support the use of nonlinguistic strategies. http://classroominstruction.edreform.net/portal/classroominstruction/nonlinguisticrepresentations
Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom instruction that works: Researchbased strategies for increasing student achievement. Alexandria: VA.