In this TEDx talk, Matthew Peterson suggests the idea of teaching math without using words, even for instructions on how to work on the problems. At first this was a little shocked to think that Peterson would ask students to complete problems without knowing the instructions or what was being asked of them. I could see this being very problematic in a traditional classroom, but Peterson used the idea of only providing visual in an environment where the students were able to get instant feedback. This idea of letting students play, explore and make mistakes without being punished seems to be a great way to develop students problem solving abilities and also their number sense. When students play these games, they can practice working out problems and finding solutions to solve the puzzles presented. I could see the benefit of incorporating the visual learning and exploring within my classroom. This visual learning can help those students who struggle with certain topics and present ideas in a different way, and also reinforce the learning for those who understand by providing new connections to the topics. I could see me using this in my classroom, I just need to find some way to get my students access.
Visual Math - Multiplication
After I watched Math Without Word I was interested in what some arithmetic looked like using visuals. This method was a lot different than what I expected, They used circles and x’s to determine the numbers that would produce the multiplication. At first I didn’t really understand how the method would work out, but then after seeing it work it began to make sense. I thought about how I could teach my students this method to help those who learn visually and provide them with another way of thinking about multiplication. It would take some time for them to catch on to the idea because my students are wired/programmed to do things a certain way, but I want to break that habit and introduce them to the idea that there are many ways to solve a problem, there is not only one right way to solve it!