This workshop will be ‘hands on’ aimed at developing young students understanding, thinking and reasoning skills in geometry. There will be a focus on manipulative mathematics materials to help students to visualize, communicate, draw and reason accurately. An important thinking skill for students to develop is the ability to visualize. They should be able to connect 3 dimensional models to their 2 dimensional representations. The ability to look at drawings or pictures to see the mathematics needs to be developed. Students need to progress from manipulative materials to drawings to abstractions and it should not be rushed. Participants will be introduced to the new mathomat (primary) which has been specifically designed for primary classrooms so that students can accurately draw, name and investigate properties of shape. This mathematics tool gives students the opportunity to develop creative thinking in geometry.
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