Fraction sense: What is it and how do we develop it? – Julie McNamara
Fractions are by far one of the most challenging topics for both students and teachers. Most of us have never had the opportunity to develop our own “fraction sense” in the same way that we’ve developed (whole) number sense. Participants will deepen their understanding of principles for developing part/whole understanding, learn strategies for supporting students to consider fractions as numbers, and consider methods for calculating with understanding, not tricks.
About Julie McNamara
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, CSU East Bay
Julie McNamara, a former classroom teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at CSU East Bay. Her research focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics concepts that are foundational but considered “hard to teach and hard to learn.” She is the coauthor (with Meghan Shaughnessy) of Beyond Pizzas and Pies: 10 Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense, 2nd ed. (Math Solutions 2015) and author of Beyond Invert and Multiply: Making Sense of Fraction Computation (Math Solutions 2015). She cares deeply about the mathematics education of all children, especially those from traditionally marginalized communities.
Fraction sense: What is it and how do we develop it? – Discussion
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