Build Muscle Memory for Model Drawing

Build Muscle Memory for Model Drawing

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Build Muscle Memory for Model Drawing

When teaching model drawing, the steps for model drawing are essential. It’s important to give students multiple opportunities to learn the steps and develop the muscle memory of the steps. It’s also important to have consistent delivery of the steps.

One way to do this is to create a model drawing bookmark for students to constantly refer to as they are working their model drawing problems. To make it accessible, consider laminating the book mark, putting one hole in the top of the bookmark and attaching the bookmark via a ribbon to the back of their model drawing and/or math journal. This way, the bookmark can be stored in the back of their journal or used to mark the page they’re currently working on, but can also be pulled out the placed side by side with the math story (aka “word problem”) their working on. Students can use it to help develop their model drawing muscle memory AND assessment tool to ensure they’re meeting all the criteria for model drawing such as including labels and including their answer statement.

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Eliza has taught students in a multi-age classroom, a traditional classroom, in a specialist setting, and in a content specific classroom. In addition to her classroom experience, she has presented locally and at the state and national level on a myriad of topics. Eliza has served as a Math TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and has taught math at grade levels Nursery through Math Methods for Elementary Teachers at the collegiate level as an adjunct professor. Currently, she supports districts with writing and refining curriculum, creating pacing and curriculum maps, developing common assessments, increasing background knowledge through vocabulary, as well as supporting teachers with their personal math development and their classroom instruction through ongoing and sustainable professional development. Eliza is passionate about creating relationships through teacher and student engagement, expecting rigor in research-based instruction using promising practices, and establishing relevance within content.

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