Using manipulatives to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics MY210

Learn how to encourage active learning in mathematics with the use of manipulatives or 'objects to think with'. A great opportunity to use and reflect on manipulatives.


Summary

Encourage active learning in secondary mathematics lessons with the use of manipulatives.

Manipulatives - or “objects to think with - include counters, interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods and tiles etc. 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, 2016

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

There is 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, 2016

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

This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.  Course fees vary for participants outside the UK. Please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk for more information.

Outcomes

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 the wealth of resources freely available on the National STEM Learning Centre eLibrary which can be used in conjunction with manipulatives

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