These are samples from a Kindergarten / Grade one class. the students have spent many hours learning to think; tracing, folding, cutting, drawing, building, gesturing, maneuvering their bodies, connecting to language…..
If you want to see gains in achievement in math/science and literacy for ALL students you need to understand how to infuse spatial skills into your teaching, how spatial skills impact reasoning and how to support your students in developing their spatial reasoning skills.
Just by looking can you determine if this “knot” can be undone without cutting the rope?
The relation between spatial ability and mathematics is so well established that it no longer makes sense to ask whether they are related. (Mix & Cheng, 2012).
It is no longer a question of whether, it is now a question of why? Pull your head out of the sand!! Why are we not teaching mathematics with spatial reasoning as our goal?