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Take Time for Action
Students' Strategies for Fair Shares

 

October 2004, Volume 10, Issue 3, Page 1321

Abstract:

How students understand fractions as they are required to share brownies among a group of people.

Teachers are invited to "take time for action" and investigate students' thinking on this task. Take Time for Action promotes the idea of 'Action Research' by teachers in their middle level classrooms and to disseminate ideas appropriate for middle level students used by teacher educators with pre-service teachers.

Submissions by classroom teachers include representative problems, activities, or tasks used in their studies and to reflect on the student thinking, problem solving strategies, mathematics pedagogy, etc. that those tasks elicit. Take Time for Action is a regular department of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

 

Keywords:
Article
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Communication
Open-ended assessments
Research
Teacher
Manipulatives
Modeling
Problems
Fractions / Decimals / Percents / Rational Numbers
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Skill and Fluency
Professional Development / Teacher Education
Student Work
Reasoning and Proof
Representation
Multiplication and Division