Teach students spatial skills such as how to visualize and manipulate forms and shapes.

Spatial skills help us visualize three-dimensional objects—skills that are especially important in math, science, and numerous professions. Spatial skills help us imagine, draw, and make appropriate changes to representation and organization of objects. These skills are essential to solving a wide range of problems in math, science, and engineering. Research has found that boys regularly outperform girls on tests involving spatial skills. Helping girls improve their spatial skills will lead to better math and science achievement both in regular and advanced courses at school and in college.

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Teacher Self-Reflection: Spatial Skills Training

Use this assessment tool to guide teachers' self-reflection on instructional strategies for teaching spatial skills.

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07/25/2014
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Spatial Skills Training Lesson Planner

Use this planning tool to help teachers explore ideas for spatial skills training in the classroom.

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07/25/2014
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Learning Together About Providing Spatial Skills Training

These activities can be used to convene a school in-service session for teachers to learn why and how to teach students spatial skills. Related Media: Teaching Spatial Skills to Girls...

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07/25/2014
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Isometric Dot Paper for Drawing 3-D Figures

This sample material includes a blank isometric dot paper to use in the classroom for 3-D figure drawings, and sample student work from one high school in Michigan. Related Media and...

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07/25/2014
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Hands-On Activities for 3-D Spatial Skills (Part 2)

Hands-On Activities for 3-D Spatial Skills (Part 2)

Watch this demonstration of 3-D drawing skills. The purpose of this demonstration is to visualize and draw a rotated three-dimensional object Related Media and Files: Hands-On Activities...

School Example
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07/25/2014
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Isometric Grid Paper for Drawing 3-D Figures

This sample material includes a blank isometric grid to use in the classroom for 3-D figure drawings. This is an alternative drawing tool to the isometric dot paper. Related Media and...

Sample Material
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07/25/2014
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Hands-On Activities for 3-D Spatial Skills (Part 1)

Hands-On Activities for 3-D Spatial Skills (Part 1)

Watch this demonstration of 3-D drawing skills. Students learn how to use isometric grid paper. See related sample material, Isometric Grid Paper for Drawing 3-D Figures. Related Media and...

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07/25/2014
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Spatial Skills in High School Science and Math

Spatial Skills in High School Science and Math

A high school math teacher describes how she integrates spatial skills training into geometry class. She explains how this training improved her students’ skills and beliefs about their...

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07/25/2014
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3-D Spatial Skills for Secondary Students (Part 2)

3-D Spatial Skills for Secondary Students (Part 2)

Dr. Sheryl Sorby provides suggestions for teaching spatial skills. Related Files: 3-D Spatial Skils for Secondary Students (Part 1) (Video)

Expert Interview
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07/24/2014
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3-D Spatial Skills for Secondary Students (Part 1)

3-D Spatial Skills for Secondary Students (Part 1)

Dr. Sorby defines spatial skills and describes how they are used in everyday living, K-12 education, and professional careers. Related Media and Files: 3-D Spatial Skills for Secondary...

Expert Interview
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07/24/2014
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Teaching Spatial Skills to Girls

Teaching Spatial Skills to Girls

This overview describes some of the gender differences in test performance; ways in which spatial skills are used in school, careers, and normal life; and approaches to teaching spatial skills.

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07/24/2014
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