Math is a language.
Mathematics describes the world and gives us the power to model (and manipulate) reality--on paper and in our minds. To learn the language of math, students need:
Hands-on experience - to build conceptual understanding and connect math lessons to the real world.
Direct instruction - to translate those experiences into numbers, equations, graphs and words.
Practice - to provide the operational fluency they need as they advance to more complex mathematical tasks.
As a student teacher, I designed lessons and taught math to second graders at PS 166Q (ICT) and PS 183M.