By Marjorie Petit, Robert Laird, Edwin Marsden and Caroline Ebby
Fractions are often considered to be one of the most difficult concepts to learn. In addition, inadequate understanding can impede further progress in mathematics. A Focus on Fractions, which is based on cognitive research, offers an in-depth look into how students develop concepts of fractions, and reveals the common misconceptions or procedures that can interfere with establishing conceptual understanding. This practical resource includes annotated student work, vignettes from classrooms, as well as several visual illustrations to support explanations.
The big ideas and models discussed in the book reveal that spatial reasoning plays a significant role in learning fractions. For example, students can use concrete models to create and manipulate visual images in order to make meaning. By ‘spatializing’ fractions, students can more conceptually understand related concepts.
Throughout the 3 online sessions, participants will have an opportunity to:
Session Dates: Wednesday February 10, February 24 and March 2, 2016.
All sessions will be online through video conferencing from 4:00-5:15 pm with connection starting at 3:45 pm. Connection information will be sent out the week before each session.