vertical + horizontal articulation = coherence

Few learning systems truly articulate from year to year, vertically building conceptual knowledge and language facility.

And Concept Construxions connects horizontally as well, helping students make interdisciplinary connections.

This “silent teacher” follows students from room to room, offering visual cues that coordinate ideas.

Here are other important reasons to use Concept Construxions:

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines Encourage Educators to Provide "Multiple Means"

The Universal Design for Learning is a framework utilized by many schools to guide curriculum and learning environment design. Their Guidelines suggest the provision of Multiple Means of Representation, Multiple Means of Action and Expression and Multiple Means of Engagement.

See how Concept Construxions supports all three!

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Active Engagement = Motivation + Conceptual Knowledge + Social Interaction

The National Center for Research on Teacher Learning at Michigan State University comments on the call for active engagement in classrooms, where:
“…students to learn how to pose questions, construct their own interpretations and ideas, and clarify and elaborate upon the ideas of others. Such skills empower students to acquire a level of understanding that provides them with the flexibility to respond to new situations and serves as the foundation for a lifetime of further learning.”

How Teachers Learn to Engage Students in Active Learning

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Math Fluency is built through language & symbols

Robyn Steinhilber of St. John Fisher College compiled some intriguing research. Here is a short excerpt:
“Today’s standardized tests require students to “read, create, use, and comprehend numerous mathematical representations as a way of demonstrating mathematical literacy” (Matteson, 2006, p.205). According to Rutherford-Becker & Vanderwood (2009), students’ mathematical performance is influenced by both computational skills and reading comprehension. Students need to be able to manipulate symbols (understand objects and relationships) just as much as they need problem representation skills, or the ability to translate between verbal and graphical representations (Matteson, 2006; Adams, 2010). These problem representation skills, or language skills, are what are holding students back the most (Matteson, 2006; Rutherford-Becker & Vanderwood, 2009).”

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English Language Learners Benefit from persistent structures

If you utilize the WIDA Standards you are aware of multiple levels of ELL. ELL expert Kate Kinsella states that “Students need clear instructional routines,” which is also true for mainstream students. Claude Goldenberg of Stanford University reminds us that ELL remain at this status for several years, indicating that a persistent program with ongoing structures can support this population: “ELD instruction should continue at least until students reach level 4 (early advanced) and possibly level 5 (advanced).” Kinsella also connects to active engagement and academic discourse: “The goal is not just to get [ELLs] to understand a word, it’s getting them to flex their little language muscles, and to do it accurately.”

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