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From a teacher education course to upper elementary classrooms and back: Revealing innate abilities of children to do teachers' mathematics

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Sergei Abramovich corresponding author
Laura L. Griffin


One of the key ideas of the modern-day elementary mathematics teacher education deals with mediating learning by visual thinking to enable transition from seeing and acting on concrete objects to describing the visual and the physical through culturally accepted symbolic representations. This paper shares mathematical activities designed originally for teacher candidates and used with students in upper elementary classrooms at a school in Upstate New York with minority student enrollment 97%. Because successful use of conceptual thinking by young students does have positive impact on their future teachers, connection of work in the school to a master’s level elementary mathematics education course taught by the authors is discussed. It is shown how using a spreadsheet and Wolfram Alpha allows for the research-like extension of the activities to the secondary level of mathematics education.

elementary mathematics, conceptual thinking, problem solving, hands-on activities, digital technology, teacher education

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Abramovich, S., & Griffin, L. L. (2024). From a teacher education course to upper elementary classrooms and back: Revealing innate abilities of children to do teachers’ mathematics. Advances in Educational Research and Evaluation, 4(1), 239-249.


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