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  • Melissa Tom

    October 26, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I totally agree with you, Shelly.  We have talked a lot about the use of manipulatives at our school.   I have set up our students with, and for online support.  I pulled out some games last week that offered practice with some of the foundational skills, but, not only do they have moderate to significant gaps in their learning, many look for the algorithm they know they learned, but cannot remember or apply.  🙁

    I plan to spend time daily, throughout the year, modelling and having students use manipulatives to extend their understanding of the concepts.  I believe that when they understand the concepts, they’ll be able to recall the algorithms more effectively.  I’ll use these as minds-on activities.  I’ll also incorporate questions into my assessments, quizzes and evaluations, so they have multiple opportunities to show what they know.

    Thanks very much! Open Hands