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  • Christina Michaels

    October 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Direct comparison is visually comparing two quantities. Indirect comparison would be using an object to help you compare quantities.

    As I was watching the video and being asked to pause and make estimates, I was thinking how my experiences influence my thinking– I knew the circumference of the glass would be much greater than the height of the glass because I’ve done similar experiments in the past.

    What stands out to me is the lack of experiences that my students have (or rather, don’t have). So many things that I just take for granted that I did as a kid, i.e. counting coins from my dad’s change jar, or figuring out exactly how many tokens I could get for the arcade from how many dollars i had.

    As students’ realities change, so do their experiences. It just drives home the importance of me, as their teacher, being able to recognize what primary experiences lead to developing and understanding concepts, and then how to make sure my students have access those experiences.