- The manipulative is not the concept. A student must connect the relationship between the concrete model and how it supports the construction of their conceptual understanding.
- The most widespread misue of manipulatives occurs when teachers tell students to mimic what they do. A rote procedure with a manipulative is still just that- a rote procedure, (Van de Walle, 25).
- A third misue of manipulatives occurs when teachers always tell students which manipulatives to use for a given problem. It is important for students to be given the opportunity to choose their own representations to use when reasoning through a problem and communicating their ideas with others, (Van de Walle, 25).
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Manipulatives, visuals and Other Tools
Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades 3-5
Authors: John A Van de Walle, Karen S. Karp, LouAnn H. Lovin, and Jennifer M. Bay-Williams