In my last post, Steven Leinwand used fractions as an example of a math concept that benefits from visual representations.
Fractions can be very difficult for students to understand, and for teachers to teach effectively. Check out the link below for a practice guide from the What Works Clearinghouse – published by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. There are a lot of great resources on the site – well worth the time to poke around.
Just as a warning of sorts, this is a 90-page PDF document, so be aware of that before you think about printing it. It’s a fairly quick read, and can be done in small doses as well. It is really worth reading, and is bound to have an effect on the way you view instruction in the area of fractions.
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