Dr Calvin Irons
Professor Mathematics Education – QUT
ORIGO Education, QLD
|Want to embed mathematical thinking? Fractions are the foundations|
|We know from considerable research (Siegler, 2012, 2015, 2016) that success in high school mathematics and students' confidence with fractions go hand-in-hand. This isn't surprising when you look at the knowledge base required to excel in mathematics strands such as ratio and proportions and algebra, and problem solving in general. So, it's clearly essential that students are confident with all aspects of fractions.
This session will first consider the representations that are used to develop the concepts of fractions. Participants will then be involved in activities to develop in-depth fluency with fraction operations. All aspects of each operation will be considered to show that careful sequencing with the appropriate fraction representations. It's all about inspiring deep mathematical thinking in our students, to give them every chance of success in the primary grades, above and beyond the current expectations for fractions.