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Geometry and Spatial Sense

Have you ever lost your car in the parking lot? Or given bad directions? Both tasks require spatial reasoning. Historically, we have considered spatial thinking to be less important than other subjects in the school curriculum. A recent report from the National Research Council says that spatial literacy is important. “In Learn to Think Spatially, a study group chaired by Roger M. Downs of Pennsylvania State University states that without explicit attention to [spatial thinking], we cannot meet our responsibility for equipping the next generation of students for life and work in the 21st century.” This video explains a specific plan for a hands-on, fun approach to teaching this topic.


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