Fractions and solving word problems are two of the most common areas that students struggle with. How can we build on knowledge about whole numbers to motivate the traditional definitions for operations with fractions? How do we differentiate between multiplication and division fraction problems? What are some common pitfalls when solving fraction word problems, and how to avoid them? In this workshop, we will explore how a problem solving context can help introduce new material about fractions, while also strengthening the students’ problem solving skills.
CMSCE, at Rutgers University, provides professional development for K-12 educators to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the classroom.
The activities were a great way for me to visualize what I need to do. Also there were instances when we were able to go through an activity, then choose an topic & design an activity that followed the guidelines.