Teaching Mathematics with Manipulatives
Mathematics needs to make sense to learners (and teachers). Multiple representations - drawing pictures, using manipulatives, giving context with stories - all these help bring life to the abstract ideas of mathematics. I shared some basic thinking about this on the Corwin Blog in the fall and will develop these ideas further on this blog.
- How do we use manipulatives to model various problem situations?
- How do manipulative models relate to visual representations such as number lines or bar models?
- How do we help students connect manipulatives to the algorithms & procedures we use to make mathematical calculations more efficient?
I'll return to this space in January with a series on using manipulatives to teach fractions.
What are your favorite manipulative tools? What questions do you have about their use? Please share your thoughts in the comments.