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  • Noel McMillin

    November 21, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    When I have a chance to share with pre-teachers, my advice is to be less helpful. Too often, we think we are doing a student a favor by mapping out the solution to a problem so they can regurgitate the process on the next problem. The productive struggle is necessary for any real understanding that then withstands the test of time.

    I love pattern blocks. It is a manipulative that I put on the back burner years ago. I had a full set at my previous district and this just reminded me to find a set in my current building or buy a set!

    On a side note, anytime I use manipulatives, I make sure to give the students some time to just play. I find that if I give them blocks, unifix cubes, or tangram pieces without the play time, a percentage of students are not engaged always. I use an online geoboard periodically and without rubber band design time, it just does not work.