Date posted: May 18, 2016
Kate Nonesuch has created a new blog post, Math Strategies in Context, outlining two main strategies for teaching both place value and fractions – using manipulatives and practice at the board. Two linked documents describe the strategies in detail, along with student hand-outs. And, a discussion of using these strategies in a class that is safe for risk-taking, where student resistance is honoured and accommodated, and where students are part of the teaching team is included.
Would you like more guidance on using manipulatives to teach math to youth and adults? The Foundations of Algebra website has links to Manipulative Mathematics Teacher Training videos. Here’s a sample.
This site also contains a series of Manipulative Mathematics Resource Packets featuring activities with accompanying instructor pages and extra practice problems, designed for use by community college instructors teaching basic algebraic concepts.
Do you have any favourite math manipulatives? We will be adding some to the library collection and would be happy to receive suggestions. Send your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.