Using manipulatives and representations in STEM
There are many concepts in mathematics and science – such as the multiplication of fractions or the behaviour of subatomic particles in the atom – that require either abstract understanding, or relate to a scale or context that is beyond our experience of reality. To address this, teachers frequently use manipulatives and representations to support students to build understanding. Planning to do so effectively can have a positive impact on student learning.
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