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Spatial Thinking Tasks Can Change Students' Attitudes

Jerry Ameis 

February 2005, Volume 10, Issue 6, Page 304

Abstract:
Geometry-oriented problem-solving tasks that can encourage students to develop a positive attitude toward mathematics. The tasks concern working with polyominoes, two-dimensional shapes that consist of squares joined fully at the edges. Teachers will learn how to use polyominoes to gain students' interest in geometry concepts and manipulatives.

Keywords:
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Article
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Higher Education
Area
Open-ended assessments
Math Coordinator / Coach
Differentiated Instruction
Teacher
Geometric Patterns
Manipulatives
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Student Work
Representation