Provide students with manipulatives such as pattern blocks, cubes, toothpicks, plastic links, buttons and other concrete objects so they can create and recognize various patterns that include: color sequences (e.g. RRB for red red blue blocks); alternating size patterns such as small-large small-large; or one more and one less patterns. Math educator and author Dr.… Read More To See It is to Understand It!
Children with disabilities have been shown to have low rates of engagement during group activities and higher rates during routines (i.e., meal time) and free play (Kemp, Kishida, Carter, & Sweller, 2013). When planning instruction, it is important to find balance between teacher-directed and child- directed activities. Research Engagement is a necessary prerequisite for… Read More Math in Preschool: Powered by Play
By presenting students with open performance tasks, and then examining their work by listening and observing, the teacher makes assessment part of daily instruction. Rather than being a task done quietly, alone at a desk, performance tasks allow students to learn math content by using math process tools Research Children need to experience mathematics… Read More Using Math Performance Taks To Inform Instruction
Students with physical disabilities can utilize virtual manipulatives when access to concrete materials is not feasible. There is research that supports the use of technology-based manipulatives with students who experience difficulty with abstract mathematical concepts. Research Students with physical disabilities can utilize virtual manipulatives when access to concrete materials is not feasible. Further, there… Read More Mathematics Representations: Virtual or Concrete Manipulatives
Literacy skills are essential for learning new information. According to Ulusoy & Dedeoglu (2011), the ability to read is critical to the success of a student in any subject area. Writing can also play an important role in learning across content areas. Research With the introduction of Writing ASOLs last year, many teachers expressed… Read More Literacy Across The Content Areas
Focusing on word problems can improve fact recall. As students progress through an identified four-level continuum of problem solving, they learn to compute. Students approach problem solving beginning with concrete concepts moving toward the abstract. Research When children are engaged in conceptual problem solving activities, they are thinking actively about math which results in… Read More Guiding Students to Surprise You with Their Math Problem Solving Skills
“How will I find enough time to teach so many core content subjects and functional skills, too?” “What can I do to make lessons more exciting for the students and myself?” Teachers, if you are asking any of these questions, I have a two-word answer: thematic instruction. “How will I find enough time to… Read More Thematic Teaching