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Background For Teachers:
In Webster’s Dictionary, the word “transform” is defined as “to change or convert.” Students should understand that rotations, translations, and reflections are all types of transformations.
Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher (1898-1972) was an architect and
graphic artist. He continually invented new visual constructions to
challenge the conventional perception of spatial relationships. Escher’s
fascination with drawing figures that tile together perfectly led to
numerous tessellation drawings that involve the repetition of one or more
shapes that connect together in asymmetrical relationship.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Dickinson, D. (1996). Learning Through Many Kinds of Intelligence. Seattle: New Horizons for Learning.
It is important to encourage children to explore and exercise all of their intelligences. Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence involves physical coordination and dexterity, expressing oneself or learning through physical activities. Logical/Mathematical Intelligence involves number and computing skills, recognizing patterns and order, and the ability to solve different kinds of problems through classifying and sequencing activities, and solving various kinds of puzzles.
Marzano, R. J., Pickering, D. J., & Pollock, J. E. (2001). Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
It has been shown that explicitly engaging students in the creation of nonlinguistic representations stimulates and increases activity in the brain. When students elaborate on knowledge, they not only understand it in greater depth, but they can recall it much more easily.
Wahl, M. (1999). Math for Humans: Teaching Math Through 8 Intelligences. Seattle: New Horizons for Learning.
With new pressures on teachers and students to meet higher standards, this book offers tools that make concepts concrete and understandable. It has many practical and creative methods that take into consideration different learning styles and kinds of intelligences. Wahl has developed strategies that all teachers can use to help their students become successful in math.
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