Investigate virtual pattern blocks, geoboards, function machines and more. This online course will introduce teachers K - 12 to the world of virtual manipulatives. You will compare and contrast virtual manipulatives to traditional manipulatives and discover ways to integrate them into their standards-based mathematics instruction. You will become familiar with current research on the use of computer-based virtual manipulatives in the classroom.
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As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.