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Math’s “F” Word: How To Dispel Fraction Fear

Research shows that a deep understanding of fractions is the gateway to higher-level math. Sadly, fractions also contribute to math anxiety for many children. Partly to blame are instructional practices tied to the industrial model of schooling that distills mathematics into discrete bits that are learned by rote memorization and standardized procedures. This session will provide participants a radically different concept-focused approach to build students’ understanding of fractions.

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  1. Gain knowledge of the predictive research regarding fractions
  2. Understand how relational thinking supports conceptual understanding
  3. Experience concise lessons and examine student work that are premised on an ideas-focused approach



Kevin Moore, Educator, Long-View Micro School

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