“Don’t take the problem solving out of problem solving” (p. 34). Rather, teach through problem solving, and teach students to solve problems with effective processes and strategies. Find tasks that encourage students to practice a particular problem solving strategy. As students’ grapple with the math, and discuss their ideas about their solutions, they develop skills… [Read more…] Check out the UPS of Problem Solving
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