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ERIC Number: EJ1001742
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Show Me a Sign
Wilson, Johnnie
Teaching Children Mathematics, v19 n2 p82-89 Sep 2012
According to the author, much of their math teaching is through pictures and words. They write number sentences, they draw geometric figures, and they talk about math. The representations they use--numbers, shapes, operators, and mathematics vocabulary--make it possible for them to learn and communicate mathematical ideas. These representations hold the abstract ideas that make math a particular way of thinking. Often intangible at first, these ideas become understandable in the ongoing exchange of sign and symbol that happens when teachers and learners do mathematics. There is a way to represent mathematical ideas that deserves more attention. Gesture, the use of hand and body movements to express ideas, is an everyday part of human communication. In this article, the author describes a first-grade teacher's use of gesture as a mathematics teaching and learning tool in his classroom. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A