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  • Jeanette Cox

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    October 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Currently, I am writing k-5 math strategies for a software program designed to help teachers identify and match academic needs in their classroom to strategies that address learning styles as well as social/emotional needs. Through this process, I’ve had to dig into the research behind specific major content standards and geometry, fractions, and measurement are among the biggies. This module hits the mark when it comes to backing up the research. Here is some background info that went into the geometry strategies:

    Spatial reasoning is involved in geometry, estimation and measurement, use of diagrams, graphs, and drawings, breaking fractions down into geometric regions, or conceptualizing mathematical functions. According to the recent NCTM Connections Standard (2000), it is the responsibility of the teacher to: 1) make the connection between mathematics and other subjects, and (2) help students see and experience how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a coherent whole. Research provides a rationale for a shift in focus in mathematics education towards the development of spatial reasoning skills. Battista, Casey and other researchers have found a relationship among older students’ spatial skills and mathematics achievement.