Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction: Building a Strong by Meir Ben-Hur

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By Meir Ben-Hur

Have you puzzled why scholars too usually have just a rudimentary figuring out of arithmetic, why even wealthy and intriguing hands-on studying doesn't consistently bring about "real" studying of recent thoughts? the reply lies in no matter if scholars have truly discovered mathematical strategies, instead of basically memorizing evidence and formulation.

Concept-Rich arithmetic guide relies at the constructivist view that thoughts aren't easily evidence to be memorized and later recalled, yet fairly wisdom that novices advance via an lively technique of adapting to new studies.

The teacher's position is necessary during this procedure. whilst academics recommended scholars to mirror on their reports and record and resolution questions verbally, scholars needs to re-evaluate or even revise their strategies of reality.

Meir Ben-Hur deals professional suggestions on all facets of Concept-Rich arithmetic guideline, including
*Identifying the middle innovations of the maths curriculum.
*Planning tutorial sequences that construct upon techniques that scholars already understand.
*Designing studying reviews that impress considerate discussions approximately new recommendations and get ready scholars to use those recommendations on their own.
*Identifying pupil blunders, really these brought on by preconceptions, as vital assets of data and as key educational tools.
*Conducting school room dialogues which are wealthy in replacement representations.
*Using quite a few formative overview easy methods to show the nation of scholars’ studying.
*Incorporating problem-solving actions that galvanize cognitive dissonance and increase scholars' cognitive competence.

Concept-Rich arithmetic guideline is grounded within the trust that each one scholars can discover ways to imagine mathematically and remedy difficult difficulties. if you are searching for a robust approach to increase scholars' functionality in arithmetic and circulation in the direction of pleasing the NCTM criteria, glance no additional: this procedure presents the development blocks for developing a firstclass arithmetic application.

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Therefore, as they follow the essential steps of Concept-Rich Instruction, teachers often encounter the challenge—at times remarkable challenge—of altering students’ misconceptions. To be effective, teachers must anticipate, understand, and know how misconceptions are replaced by the formal concepts. This chapter focuses on typical students’ mis­ conceptions in mathematics, how they develop, and how they change through effective instruction. Instruction that aims at altering misconceptions must be based on teachers’ understanding of the underlying cognitive structures.

In this example, L’s case demonstrates a meaningful general­ ization. ” The teacher facilitat­ ed both meaningful inductions and recontextualizations by questioning and probing. Note that there was a pause in the oth­ erwise lively discussion before the first examples for the new concept were generated by the students. This pause reflects the cognitive challenge of recontextualization and the importance of teacher mediation. 12 (see p. 38). Independently, teachers must encourage students to identify applications for new concepts.

Many teachers think that teaching concepts means “telling” about them. Conversely, others argue that students independent­ ly construct mathematics concepts from their own experiences. Research supports neither of these views. It shows that concep­ tualization is not simply an exercise in memory, and it also shows that the alternative theory of “discovery learning” does not work for many, particularly lower-achieving, students (Piaget, 1995b). Discovery alone certainly cannot produce all the logic that stu­ dents must recognize in mathematics, and experiences cannot grasp the infinite.

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