Using manipulatives to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics MY210 / B20

Start date
14 Jul 21
2 Days
National STEM Centre, University of York, York YO10 5DD How to find us



Manipulatives- or “objects to think with- include counters, interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods and tiles… Research suggests that their use is beneficial to mathematical understanding, and can help students with retention, problem solving and reasoning.

“Cannot wait to get back to school to share what I have learned and seen and done today” Past participant

During this course, we will:

  • explore the amazing world of interlocking cubes
  • discover hundred and one things to do with dice and dominos
  • gain insights into teaching using geoboards, bar modelling and proof by origami

And an optional evening session playing a selection of mathematical games.

“Very Informative and nice to have time to experience the resources and consider different ways of using the manipulatives.” Past participant

This two day, residential, hands-on, practical experience is suitable for all teachers of mathematics in secondary school.

The fee covers tuition, meals and overnight accommodation.

Who is the course leader?

  • Stephen Lyon

    I have taught mathematics for over 30 years in a variety of secondary schools, to all abilities and age ranges up to and including A level further...


Participants will:

  • explore a variety of resources available for use in secondary mathematics
  • develop methods for using manipulatives to enhance mathematical understanding and communication
  • explore a wealth of resources which can be used in conjunction with manipulatives that are freely available in the National STEM Learning Centre resource collection


Using manipulatives to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics - day 114 July 202111:00-19:00National STEM Centre
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