A Model of Your Own Making
Between this week’s reading and forum post, you’ve had some good exposure to models, and the opportunity to discuss them with your classmates and instructor. For your assignment this week, you will start by choosing one standard related to fractions or decimals from a grade level you might teach, then find (or create) a problem related to that standard and develop a model that would demonstrate how to solve the problem mathematically.
The core of your assignment will be to create and explain the model that would help students solve this problem. How does it utilize visual cues, spatial recognition, tactile feedback, or other sensory components? In what ways will these help students? What about the model will students be able to connect and relate to?
The assignment should consist of two main parts:
The specific standard, problem, and complete walkthrough of the model application, which may be presented via a guided walkthrough, annotations, video submission, drawings, and/or written work
The explanation of how the model was developed and why it would work effectively to help students solve the problem, exploring the sensory characteristics and their usefulness in the modeling process. It should also address how it will create an understanding for students’ mathematics and should consist of a few pages (2-3) of written reflection
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