Image Maker: Developing Spatial Sense

  • Image Maker: Developing Spatial Sense

    Grayson Wheatley and Anne Reynolds
    Developing spatial sense, as well as number sense, as described in NCTM's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989), is a central goal of mathematics instruction that engenders problem solving in particular and doing mathematics in general. A strong spatial sense allows students to formulate image-based solutions to mathematics problems. In geometry, having a mental image of a parallelogram is fundamental. Without spatial sense, a student may only act mechanically with shapes and symbols that have little meaning.