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  • Amy Kopcznski

    April 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    The Prince reference really hit the nail on the head for me regarding the amount of time it takes for concepts to build and progress through concrete to visual to abstract. I also appreciated the separation within concrete of using the actual objects and then manipulatives as well as using symbolic prior to operations and numbers within abstract.

    The math department at my school really dug into using algebra tiles in all three grade levels this year. Prior to us working at home, sixth grade was able to see how they could be used when working with the distributive property, seventh and eighth grade was able to use them when solving equations. Now that we are all working at home and not able to access these manipulative that are in our classrooms, how can we continue this exploration and discovery through manipulatives with our students virtually?