Sunday, November 8, 2009

PBL Article Review

Teaching mathematics, I've noticed that students have difficulty with being able to visualize basic concepts and fundamentals. Not being able to do so makes recalling the operations needed to solved a problem that requires the use of these fundamental concepts. The new Georgia Performance Standards for math are theoretically designed to utilize an array of teaching pedagogy in order to allow students to connect mentally to the operations they are using. This article talks about the use of visual and nonvisual learning methods and how students readily adapt to the ways they are taught, if done at an early age. The concept of using fantasy baseball and mathematics supports the ideology that students perform better on fundamental mathematical skills when they can associate them with a visual memory.

Lowrie, T., & Kay, R. (2001). Relationship between visual and nonvisual solution methods and difficulty in elementary mathematics. The Journal of Educational Research, Mar/Apr 2001, Vol. 94 no4.


  1. Seems like a really thought-provoking article. Love your application of fantasy baseball to it.

  2. Can students, then, be trained to envision abstract concepts? Are some naturally spatially-oriented? Does this development occur later for some than for others? Seems like a wonderful thing to tap into the process and foster it so that more students can grasp difficult concepts.


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