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Model Positive Connections to Math


Teachers sharing math-to-self, math-to-math, and math-to-world connections model math schema building. As learners learn how to draw connections while working with numbers and problems, they activate additional cognitive processes which support encoding, while they engage more deeply in the math content. When teachers carefully consider and incorporate positive examples that reflect the diversity of their students' background, this strategy can foster students' Sense of Belonging.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Modeling the three types of connections during classroom practice can guide students when they practice independently. Using language and sentence starters, like, "When I saw this part of the problem, I thought …," "This is similar to…," or "This reminds me of…," provides concrete examples of what it sounds like to make a connection with math, developing students' Math Communication skills. Additionally, allowing students to practice making connections after teacher modeling reinforces the strategy.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can include features that allow learners to record their connections as they do activities. These can be embedded, like annotations, or in a separate location that can be revisited later. Teachers can then talk with students about their recorded connection to encourage self-reflection and growth.
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