We just got back from ISTE 2014—what an experience! After a tech-ridden weekend, we took time to reflect on how we support traditional classroom learning methods—methods that have remained into the 21st century. That’s when we started thinking about manipulatives. Manipulatives don’t have to be just building blocks or cubes—anything a visual-kinesthetic learner can physically or visually manipulate on his or her own that aids their learning process is a manipulative worth exploring.
Manipulatives engage and motivate students to make connections from the concrete to abstract. For high-risk students, students with disabilities, and language learners, having a visual-kinesthetic method of learning and problem solving can also lead to greater self-confidence.
Here are a few ways we encourage educators to use manipulatives using our Cutout Maker or Awards Maker:
Save staff time by quickly and easily creating manipulatives, cutouts and bulletin board displays for a hands-on, interactive learning experience
Engage visual, kinesthetic and tactile learners with manipulatives and cutouts
Illustrate complex concepts with engaging cutout collections to raise student success
Create word walls with words formed by automatically connected letters
Save money with the versatility and scalability of the electronic die-cuts
Help students retain key lessons on their own or in a group with customized flashcards
How do you use manipulatives in your classroom? Do they help your students? Let us know in the comments!