MemberJuly 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm
It is urgent that our students have a foundation with concrete models ( Hershey bars!) followed by visuals before they are introduced to the abstract. I have also seen the use of the correct vocabulary that you used in the work of Christina Tondevold. I have often wondered what kind of background my students bring to middle school. Have they been allowed to use many concrete items or have they been rushed into pictorial models and quickly into the abstract? I know that I will take my time this coming school year as we work on fractions.
I think the use of modeling can be verified by one of my students in the past (7th grader) who worked with his father after school and on weekends doing roofing. His use of materials he used in his work helped him improve his fraction understanding and calculations by an immeasurable amount.
- This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by Lisa Hudson.