
Re: Spiraling/Revisiting/Relearning
Posted:
Jun 8, 1995 7:20 PM


Dax Mitchell asked a very good question in his June 8 posting. I'm paraphrasing, but it was essentially, when using the spiral approach, when a topic is revisited at a more sophisticated level, do the students have to relearn what they studied on the previous visit?
If they really learned the material the first time, a reminderinasimilar context is usually sufficient at the elementary level. If they did not really understand the basic concept on the previous visit, they will surely have yet to learn itbut one hopes they will, given a second opportunity when they are somewhat more mature in their thinking and have had additional related mathematical experienceswhich is possible in a unified spiral. But if not, there will be yet a third exposure. And, remember, these discrete points represent only the specific curriculum lessons targeted to the concept. If, in addition, a program utilizes, say, a student workbook which provides periodic practice with ideas encountered in lessons over, perhaps, a twoweek period, there will be still other chances to absorb concepts.
The best way I know to communicate this is by example. So, if interested readers will identify ONE specific grade level of particular interest to them [anywhere, K6], and will give me a POSTAL address, I will send them a representative sequence of spiraled lessons on some topic.
Ron Ward/Western Washington U/Bellingham, WA 98225 ronaward@henson.cc.wwu.edu

