Image Maker: Developing Spatial Sense
Grayson Wheatley and Anne Reynolds
February 1999, Volume 5, Issue 6, Page 374
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.