Our elementary school has a large population of students with special needs. I teach a self-contained unit for students with autism and developmental delays. Not only do our students come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, but one-third of our students with special needs are also nonverbal.
When students explore with manipulatives, they have the opportunity to see mathematical relationships.
They have tactile and visual models that help develop their understanding. Without these concrete references, students are often lost because they have do not have a concrete connection or comprehension which are very important in teaching students with special needs. Students’ thinking and reasoning must be the top priorities when they are engaged in learning with manipulatives.
My students need help with number sense such as recognizing, identifying, counting, comparing, shapes and attributes, measurement, data, and money. Hand2mind VersaTiles are an alternative to traditional skills practice, creating a safe learning environment that increases student confidence.
VersaTiles help students build math proficiency in a challenging, rewarding way.
VersaTiles can be used for independent practice and for use in small groups, rotations, centers, and stations. In my classroom, students are on varying levels academically, and VersaTiles allows me to teach to the individual. I will be able to use this kit during whole group, small group, and individual instruction.
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