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  1. I realize that your focus is on reading, so maybe my comments are out of place. That said, it would be nice to see a nod to the importance of literacy skills and reading comprehension skills in math so that newer teachers apply good literacy pedagogy across the curriculum!
    Having Lego tables is great, since legos develop good spatial reasoning and can help children become aware of arrays in the structure of the blocks (as in, “May I have a red two-by-six, please?”).
    Teachers should also have children visualize beginning-middle-end and cause-effect (on numbers or math models) when they are learning a new math skill, processing a math visual, or solving word problems. And reading response activities like drawing a picture or writing a story are great ways to help children deepen their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
    Thanks for all of your good ideas. They also work for math!!

  2. Hi Christine,
    I completely agree! Your comments are certainly not out of place. Thank you for commenting and reminding us of the importance of literacy skills in math. Math and literacy are definitely related – on many levels. Please feel free to add your thoughts on future blog posts. A mathematician’s perspective is always welcome. Thank you!


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