Bridging from Common Experience

bridgeA bridge can take us from where we are to where we need to be, without having to tangle with fast-moving rivers or rock-strewn ravines. This is a good analogy for use in a classroom situation. For many students, a teacher-designed ?bridge? can help them make the leap from experiences they have had to the "other side"-- success with the mathematical problem they are learning.

PDROM Bar Video

jacobs2Do you remember how Ms. Jacobs started off her lesson way back in the first video clip "Using Verbal Cues"? She not only provided students with the physical experience of having to determine their partner, but also showed students a brief movie clip from which they were asked to figure out the nature of the character's unintelligible language using contextual clues. Watch the clip below to see how Ms. Jacobs "bridges" from these first-hand experiences to a mathematical context of having to solve word problems involving formulas by looking for clues.

Classroom Clip Reflection: ·

  • In what ways does bridging help to support her students learning? ·
  • What other support structures might be used? ·
  • What are the implications for you work with students?