What do connectionist teachers do?
The connectionist approach is well described in Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools: Teachers' Beliefs, Practices and Pupils' Learning.
In essence, connectionist teachers:
- have a conscious awareness of connections and relationships, and use mental mathematics to develop agility with this
- believe that students of all levels of attainment need to be challenged in mathematics, and have high levels of expectation for all students
- maintain a high degree of teacher–class, teacher–group, teacher–individual and student–student focussed discussion
- believe students learn computational skills through modelling, problem-solving and investigations
- plan their teaching around connections between ideas.
There are different levels of connectedness, which are explained in the article Connected Understanding on the AAMT website.