Instructional Strategy Guide: Modeling

Models help promote mathematical thinking and facilitate an understanding of key concepts and mathematical structures. By seeing and moving objects, students engage their senses to better understand and reason with abstract concepts, or to make sense of and solve problems. Teachers can support students who struggle with abstraction by differentiating instruction using models. Virtual models provide a different sensory experience, which can be helpful for students who have difficulty with physical objects. View this slideshow for an introduction to teaching students Modeling strategies. Printable text-only version available below.