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Creating Visuals


Students activate more cognitive processes by exploring and representing their understandings in visual form. Artistic expression allows learners to exhibit what they know and can do in alternative ways that lead to greater Attention and retention of information.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Learners can explore math topics by creating models to represent their thinking. Students can also draw the relationships represented in Operations to deepen their understanding.
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    Watch how Math Word Problems provides multiple visual options for learners to show their work and solve word problems. Through sketching the problem, tapping the ten frames, or displaying the number path, learners can choose the method that works best for them.

  • A digital or 3D drawing tool provides students multiple ways to communicate their learning. This supports students' Mathematical Flexibility by allowing them to creatively explore their thinking and bring their ideas to life.
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