Nonlinguistic Representations

One of Robert Marzano’s highly effective strategies is Nonlinguistic Representations. This teaching strategy taps into the imagery mode of learning. Traditionally, math is taught by the teacher talking to her students about the concepts, however, the nonlinguistic approach uses visual models. Big Ideas math incorporates this into their program regularly. For example, Laurie’s Notes often suggest ways to motivate students using everyday household items as a visual model and many activities ask the students to use manipulatives like Activity 1.5 in 6th grade or 5.2 in 7th grade. These are some of the ways Big Ideas Math uses Nonlinguistic Representations. Check out our program and I am sure you will be amazed at all the great things we are doing!       Lisa Goldsmith, Math Specialist

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