Developing Effective Instruction for Fractions, Ratios, and Proportional Thinking (Grades 4-8)
Presented by Arlene Mitchell
Fractions are a rich part of mathematics and the understanding of fractions is essential for algebra and other advanced areas of mathematics. Teaching fractions is both important and challenging, yet this complex topic causes more trouble for elementary and middle school students than any other area of mathematics. Fractions tend to be manipulated by rote rather than making sense of the concepts and procedures. Greater understanding of fractions, knowledge of students' conceptions and misconceptions about fractions, and effective practices for teaching fractions are critically important for this challenging area of mathematics instruction. This E-Seminar will concentrate on developing mathematical and instructional knowledge of fractions, ratios, and proportional thinking to improve students' understanding of fractional concepts and procedures.