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Topic: Manipulatives
Replies: 2   Last Post: Apr 11, 1995 8:44 AM

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Cathy Brady

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Re: Manipulatives
Posted: Apr 11, 1995 8:44 AM
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On Tue, 11 Apr 1995, Tad Watanabe wrote:

> One possible problem of the misuse of manipulatives is because some
> teachers believe that manipulative "represent" and "embody" mathematical
> concepts.

> To me the most important criterion for a good instructional material is
> whether or not students can "think with" it.

I guess I'd rather have my kid doing manipulatives with a teacher who
thinks they represent and embody concepts than have my kid doing
algorithms with a teacher who thinks algorithms represent and embody
concepts. At least my kid would have a prayer of a chance to think - on
the sly.

To paraphrase the NRA: It's the *teacher*, stupid.

Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education Maryland Science Center
Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit
or something I overheard

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