I have long maintained the importance of students understanding conceptually before procedurally. Take, for example, measurement units. How many of us grew up truly understanding what a square centimetre looked like or a cubic metre? I know that I didn’t. On a recent visit to Sault Ste. Marie, I had an opportunity to visit a K-8 school and happened upon this:
I can only imagine how much better I would have understood measurement units, conversions, volume, and the formulae for various volumes had I had the opportunity to explore these concepts outside of the pages of a textbook. So powerful indeed.