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Unpacking Fractions: Classroom-Tested Strategies to Build Students' Mathematical Understanding


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For years, the teaching and learning of fractions has been associated with rote memorization. But this mechanical approach to instruction—which strips students of an ability to reason or make sense of math—has resulted in a failure of understanding.

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Introduction: The Challenge of Fractions

Convey the Many Meanings of a⁄b

Use Visual and Tactile Models

Focus on the Unit

Teach the Concept of Equivalence (Not Just the Rule)

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Monica Neagoy is an author, international consultant, and popular keynote speaker with a passion for mathematics. In addition to writing books, her 25-year mathematics career has included teacher professional development, math specialist training, live television courses, video creation, math app conception, and live math shows, such as MathMagic. Whether in the United States, Europe, or elsewhere; whether presenting in English, French, or Spanish; whether working with teachers, parents, or students, Dr. Neagoy's lifelong goal has been to cultivate and inspire a fascination for the beauty, power, and wonder of mathematics.

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