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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about Geometry and Spatial Sense

      Well-developed geometry skills can provide students with spatial models that transfer to other areas of mathematics and allow students to pursue such everyday activities as reading maps, moving furniture and building models.

      Understanding visual concepts involves identifying and using relationships between figures. For instance, students should be able to represent geometric figures on the coordinate plane and use these representations to examine the properties of those figures. The visual concepts in Geometry and Spatial Sense also involve drawing two-dimensional objects and working with transformations in a coordinate plane.

      Making and justifying conjectures is another important part of Geometry and Spatial Sense. Students should be able to use counterexamples, different kinds of proofs, and inductive and deductive reasoning in their discussions about geometric objects.

      Even though students will not receive a score for the Mathematical Processes standard on the OGT, it is still an important part of the curriculum. Content and processes should be taught in tandem. To better understand Geometry and Spatial Sense, click on the dropdown menu above and select Mathematical Processes.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based largely on the Ohio Mathematics Content Standards and Benchmarks and includes released items from the Ohio Graduation Test. Additionally, these materials are aligned with the NCTM standards. While there are various suggestions and activities here to use when working with students, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

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