Instructional Strategy Guide: Visual Representations

All students can benefit from using visual representations, although struggling students may require extra support and practice. Visual representations are a powerful way for students to access abstract math ideas. Drawing a situation, graphing lists of data, or placing numbers on a number line all help to make abstract concepts more concrete, whether done online or offline. Developing this strategy early will give students tools and ways of thinking that they can use as they advance in their learning of more abstract concepts. View this short slideshow for an introduction to teaching students how to use Visual Representations. Printable text-only version available below.