[Numeracy 198] Re: manipulatives

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Leslie Hunten lhunten at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 09:38:56 EST 2010

Susan, please do share what you learn from Making Math Real!


On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM, Susan Jones <SUJones at parkland.edu> wrote:

> Nobody uses manipulatives here, which I think is a shame.


> Hard to make the bridge from concrete to abstract without the concrete,

> though we sometimes can anyway.


> We do use some visuals -- but not much of that, either.


> I wish I could say that the folks working with the more basic than

> pre-algebra did, but I'm 99 44/100% sure they don't either. We explain and

> wish and wonder why students don't connect math to the real world...


> That said, there's not a lot of evidence (either formal research or

> anecdotal) to say manipulatives help... I've seen them be one more layer of

> confusion, if the connection between the concrete to the symbols isn't

> solidified. One reason I'm really looking forward to the Making Math Real

> overview is that I have a feeling this does that (or at least makes a good

> effort;)) and would give me the tools to try.




> Susan Jones

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> >>> Jaye Luke <flipfloprun at gmail.com> 2/18/2010 11:52 AM >>>

> I haven't taught a math class for adult learners...yet:) But I am curious

> 1- Are you using manipulatives?

> 2- If you are using manipulatives are they specifically for math

> (cuisenaire

> rods) or more generalizable (tokens/tiles)?

> 3- Do you think the manipulatives are beneficial and why?



> Cheers

> jaye


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