Food for Thought
March, 20th 2015
Future Math Adoption and Pilot coming to D15
Engaged to be Effective
A Focus on Math!!
Are some of your students struggling with math? Are you looking for a way to challenge and support all of your students in a meaningful way?
Consider using the Concrete - Pictoral - Abstract approach!
This approach is based on research by Jerome Bruner who suggests that there are 3 steps (concrete, pictoral, and abstract) for students to develop an understanding of a concept. It is also supported by Piaget's theory of cognitive development. In his research he found that students at the concrete operational stage (approx. age 7 - 11) need as much hands-on experience as possible.
But where are the materials?
Team work, creative supplies, and deep thinking will work wonders! This coupled with ideas and lessons from Math in Action K-2 & Math in Action 3-5 can yield a comprehensive way to support students through the concrete, pictoral, and abstract understanding of a concept.
Imagine students using string and post-its to divide the whole into 3 equal shares, or pattern blocks to model multiplying whole numbers by fractions.
If you are interested in trying this with a lesson or unit, please contact Rupal!
- Annette Mongoven ROCKS! for sharing with me how she is using googleforms to support academic conversations. Thanks! GD
- Shannon rocks for being a great partner in teaching Native Lit. Co-teaching has been a new, exciting experience!-JV
- M and M have been so organized and supportive with PARCC materials and administration.
Kendra for following up so quickly with parents as needed.
My team (6th grade) for working together like a well oiled machine.:-)
Monica for supporting me through my first evidence meeting.
Karen Dorado rocks for sending some great books down to second grade!-ST
Annette Mongovan rocks for always going the extra mile for any student.-DS
Michelle--Thank you for making PARCC run so smoothly!
Monica and Michelle Rock for doing a superb job organizing all of the PARCC materials! BA
Annette and Debby rock for always being willing to help me out and answer any question I have...Thanks! BA
Paul ROCKS for stopping at the lending closet and picking up a ton of pants for my office to supply for students! TA