Allowing kids to solve problems in whatever way they want is essential....but when letting them share all those ways can be overwhelming and feel like a waste of time. This video shows how to use the ideas of the 5 Practices book to manage the sharing of different strategies and representations.
I'm a big proponent of making sure kids are exposed to varied representations. However, there are times when you should only use one representation. I explain in this video.
There are LOTS of different visuals you can show kids, but there are two in particular that are extremely powerful. In this video I talk about them and how they connect to visuals early on in math and even later in mathematics.
I am a big fan of using a number path instead of a number line for young kiddos....BUT we do need to transition kids into using a number line. In this video I show how to move kids from using discrete objects (like unifix cubes), into number paths, and then eventually into a number line.