In Mathematics Instruction For Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics: A Guide for Teachers (2008) put out by the Center on Instruction, recommendation #4 states, “Teach students to visually represent the information in the math problem.” Research shows that students with learning disabilities benefit from using visuals that correlate to specific problem types.
This recommendation is the reason we’re suggesting a free website and app for just such visuals. Thinking Blocks provides students with a virtual tool to create strip or tape diagrams to represent a word problem. This is great modeling of the math to help students visually understand what the problem is asking.
If you are looking to learn more about helping students with math word problems and the use of visuals in math word problems, attend our Explicit Instruction for Math Word Problems workshop. For more details on the workshop go to ecampus.esc13.net and search for the workshop by name or by #SU1532437. Hurry, spaces are limited.