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Topic: Re: Spiraling at the Elementary Level
Replies: 3   Last Post: Jun 27, 1995 12:52 PM

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Ronald A Ward

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Re: Spiraling/Revisiting/Relearning
Posted: Jun 8, 1995 7:20 PM
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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 reminder-in-a-similar-
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 it--but one hopes they will, given a second opportunity when
they are somewhat more mature in their thinking and have had additional related
mathematical experiences--which 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 two-week period, there will be still other chances to absorb

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, K-6], 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

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