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Using visualisation in maths teaching
Using visualisation in maths teaching

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2. Starters

We all have pictures in our heads but some people use them more than others.

‘Doing’ can often be the most powerful way to learn. Before discussing other people's thoughts on visualisation, it is probably worthwhile to spend some time exploring some visualisation activities with your colleagues. This should enable you to consider the next section from an experiential perspective.

Activity 1

Please click on the ‘view document’ links below to explore a range of visualisation activities. Try at least two of these.

Click 'view document' below to download Arithmetic

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Click 'view document' below to download Circles

Click 'view document' below to download Cutting paper

Click 'view document' below to download Locus

Click 'view document' below to download Multiples on grids

Click 'view document' below to download Nets

Click 'view document' below to download TV

  1. For each activity you attempt:

    • Try to do them in your heads before you look at anything.

    • Shut your eyes if it helps.

    • Try them individually and then talk in a group, but do not give any answers away – help others to see what you can see.

    • No drawing, only talking.

    • No gesticulating either.

  2. When you have experienced a number of visualisation activities, write down some of your own thoughts about visualisation and what it means.