relfection #2 - Kimberly DeVivo February 16, 2011...

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Kimberly DeVivo February 16, 2011 Reflection #2 Many students have a hard time understanding math. Teachers try and help students to better understand math by using hands on materials to represent different parts of an equation or problem. In the article “LEARNING MATHEMATICS WITH VIRTUAL MANIPULATIVES” it discusses how instead of using hands on materials teachers should incorporate virtual manipulatives. The article continues to say that this type of learning can help students with disabilities learn the “abstract symbolic language of mathematics.” Virtual manipulatives could really improve the learning of a student with disabilities because using virtual manipulatives there is an endless amount of objects/programs a teacher could use versus a finite set of materials/ways to teach a lesson. For example, if a math lesson were to use tangrams every student would be able to go on to an online computer program and instantly start to manipulate as many tangrams as needed on the computer screen as well as have access to them when they
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