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Accelerating the Teaching and Learning of Fractions in Grades 3-5

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit

475 East Waterfront Drive

Homestead, PA 15120

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$600/person. All materials are included. Administrators may accompany their registered participants to any or all sessions at no cost.

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 Available in three delivery modes: 1) Hybrid* 2) Fully-virtual synchronous 3) Fully-virtual asynchronous format

Hybrid Delivery Mode*: Teachers participate in two, full-day face-to-face sessions of professional development at the AIU and four, half-day virtual live meetings scheduled on set dates as well as complete online work at their own pace.


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Do you see evidence that your students have incomplete understandings of fractions? Students might need different experiences with fractions than what they have recently had. Participants in this session will engage in activities designed to expand current perspectives and pedagogies around fraction understanding and fraction instruction in the elementary grades.

“Weak or incomplete mathematical understanding of rational number concepts has a profound impact on students’ success in algebra” (Reeder, 2017).

In this course, we will examine and analyze information about how students conceptualize fractions and what we, as teachers, can do to facilitate students’ understanding of fractions as numbers, especially in face-to-face and hybrid instructional models. We will consider the connections between whole number understanding and fraction understanding and how to help students create conceptual understandings of fractions that build to procedural fluency over time. We will study representations of fractions, including concrete, visual, symbolic, contextual, and verbal as well as the connections among those representations in order to help our students deepen and expand their fraction comprehension.

Please note that in addition to using physical manipulatives and tools during our face-to-face sessions, a variety of interactive tools including virtual manipulatives and applications from the Google Suite will be employed during these sessions.

Questions? Contact michael.fierle@aiu3.net, 412-394-4628

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The Math & Science Collaborative is a program of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit that focuses on STEM education. The MSC brings innovative and effective approaches in curriculum and instruction to the region, preparing educators to support all students for work and career in the 21st century.

The Math & Science Collaborative reaches out to more than 135 public and non-public schools/districts in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.

To learn more about the AIU MSC, visit http://www.aiumsc.net/

 

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