Help students understand why computational procedures with fractions make sense.

In order for students to become proficient with computational procedures when working with fractions, they need a strong understanding of why those procedures make sense. Teachers should focus on building conceptual understanding and developing procedural fluency, emphasizing that the two are connected. This teaching for understanding requires teachers to have deep knowledge of computational procedures, be fluent with a range of representations, and know common misconceptions that interfere with students' understanding operations with fractions.

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The Concepts Behind Operations

The Concepts Behind Operations

Dr. David C. Geary describes how to build students’ understanding of the concepts underlying operations with fractions, common misconceptions that children have, and what can be learned from their...

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03/16/2014
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Making Sense of Computational Procedures

Making Sense of Computational Procedures

Watch this multimedia overview to learn about the importance of focusing on conceptual understanding and procedural fluency with fractions operations and how they connect. The overview describes...

Overview
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03/16/2014
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