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The Insight Method of Teaching Math

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Author:Robert Frick
Description: How and why to teach math via mental models, as articulated by a cognitive psychologist who describes the "learning is memory" approach as "a disaster and a tragedy." See, in particular, Frick's sample problems: reverse arithmetic, expressing patterns, and what-were-you-thinking exercises (doing math from the heart); base ten explorations such as packaging problems; Loox, stick, and other algebra challenges; measurement; problems that segue from combination to probability; defining "half"; tinkering; and more.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles
Math Topics: Arithmetic/Early Math
Math Ed Topics: Non-traditional, Problem-Solving, Teaching Styles/Practices

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