Introducing my first guest blogger - Joey Vaughan! She is a curriculum specialist at the Texas School for the Deaf. Thanks Joey! Way to REPRESENT!
A few months ago, I went to a workshop called "Manipulating Your Teaching Practices" where we focused on the use of manipulatives to enhance math instruction.
The training emphasized the importance of multiple representations of mathematical concepts. Instruction needs move from the concrete to the visual to the abstract.
We were provided with a problem that we were tasked with solving without any paper or pencils, but we had a variety of manipulatives at our disposal. (I chose to use linking cubes.)
Once we solved the problem using whichever concrete models we preferred, we created a pictorial representation. After that, we explained the process verbally and then numerically.