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Do children solve problems differently than adults? Explain why and what a teacher may do to help them.

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**Read **the Principles, Standards, and Expectations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

The NCTM states that it is important to focus on the process when teaching mathematics. What does this mean? Give a specific example.

Read the following scenario, and formulate the response you might give the parent:

A parent of one your students is questioning your use of manipulatives in the classroom. They think using manipulatives is too simplistic and that the child is not learning the concepts needed to count. What might you say to this parent to justify your use of manipulatives?

Share your response, and explain your reasoning.

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**Watch** “Cowager Clip 2” in the “Exploring Various Ways to Add Numbers – Ms. Cowager” video series from Educational Impact.

*Note: *This video is from the Classroom Lessons Un-narrated program.

**Reflect** on how Ms. Cowager interacts with the students:

- How does she ensure that all of the students understand the directions?
- How do the students use manipulatives to complete the task?

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What are some manipulatives that can help students comprehend fractions and integers better than calculating with pencil and paper?

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**Watch **“VanCleve-Petteys Clip 1” in the “Division Using Math Manipulatives – Ms. VanCleve and Ms. Petteys” video series from Educational Impact.

*Note: *This video is from the Classroom Lessons Un-narrated program.

**Reflect** on how Ms. VanCleve and Ms. Petteys provide opportunities for the students to interact with each other and with the large class:

- What are some ways they use manipulatives to teach these concepts?

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**Select** one of the mathematics concepts from this course.

**Discuss **the following:

- What are some ways that you can make this mathematics concept meaningful for children?
- How will you ensure that your future students will understand the math you teach so they can solve problems in the real world?

**Research** patterns in elementary mathematics.

**Discuss** the following:

- Why is it important to be able to find and understand patterns in mathematics?
- What other subject areas use patterns?
- How has your understanding of the use of patterns changed over the past 5 weeks?

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