My students are in need of every opportunity to be successful with the rich, authentic lessons they are provided each day. I teach third grade in an inner-city school with a high poverty rate.
The students who are in my school are intelligent, creative and caring children who are in need of enriching experiences to enhance their education.
Many of these families are struggling to provide the basics for survival on a day-to-day basis. These loving parents and grandparents do not have the resources to provide the life-enriching experiences that so many of us take for granted. In addition, several of the children in my classroom are experiencing educational challenges due to a variety of factors, including learning disabilities, developmental delays and severe emotional issues due to circumstances beyond their control. Consequently, these children are struggling to keep up with their peers from more affluent communities. These little ones need our help and support.
These math materials help young learners "see" math and help them become competent mathematical thinkers.
Using these manipulatives will enhance student learning so they can gain a deeper understanding of the math concepts taught at such a young age.
Through the use of these materials, students will be verbalizing mathematical thinking as they discuss their math ideas and concepts. They will be working cooperatively and collaborate on their learning. Students will be taking ownership of their new learning experiences as they gain confidence with the math concepts.
When math is presented in a way that students can actually see what they are learning, their understanding becomes stronger.
Manipulatives are the key to successful and effective lessons when teaching mathematics. Manipulatives help students learn by allowing them to move from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.
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