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Taking Shape authors are recognized leaders in spatial reasoning research who work directly with children and teachers. This text is simultaneously a research report and a resource package. Readers are provided with a focused introduction to key research findings and generous descriptions of classroom activities. They are invited into rich discussions of how emergent insights into spatial reasoning might contribute to task designs, how designs might be enacted and adapted, how teachers might watch and listen, and how student actions might be interpreted. In brief, the text manages to go far beyond the “how to,” involving practitioners in serious considerations of what spatial reasoning is all about and why that matters.
Brent Davis, Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
This is an indispensable resource for any K–2 teacher. The authors offer creative lessons aimed at developing children’s spatial reasoning, which will help them learn and love mathematics. These lessons are based on solid research fi ndings as well as sound pedagogical principles. Indeed, the research is absolutely clear: using these lessons will help bring curiosity and confidence into your mathematics classroom and prepare your children for success in a broad range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) careers.
Nathalie Sinclair, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning