Strategies for Teaching Fractions: Using Error Analysis for Intervention and Assessment

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Any way you slice it, fractions are foundational

Many students struggle with fractions and must understand them before learning higher-level math. Veteran educator David B. Spangler describes powerful diagnostic methods for error analysis that pinpoint specific student misconceptions and supplies specific intervention strategies and activities for each error pattern. Aligned with NCTM and Common Core State Standards, the research-based, targeted interventions for each error ...

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Overview

Any way you slice it, fractions are foundational

Many students struggle with fractions and must understand them before learning higher-level math. Veteran educator David B. Spangler describes powerful diagnostic methods for error analysis that pinpoint specific student misconceptions and supplies specific intervention strategies and activities for each error pattern. Aligned with NCTM and Common Core State Standards, the research-based, targeted interventions for each error pattern promoted teaching for conceptual understanding. Practical materials include:

  • Reproducibles for diagnostic tests
  • Practice pages for exercises keyed to the diagnostic tests and error patterns
  • Teacher resources for hands-on activities, game sheets and pieces, and more

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Editorial Reviews

Katharine Olson
"This book is an exceptional reference resource thatdemonstrates the critical importance of error analysis. Students have complex thinking patterns, and error analysis provides a systematic method for exposing the meaning behind students’ mathematical errors. Spangler does an exceptional job of explaining error types and providing instructional strategies to target students’ errors and misconceptions. "
Jean Krsak
“This text would be most useful as part of professional in-service to improve math scores. The information is research based and follows RTI, scaffolding, and differentiation of instruction. It promotes the use of academic language and provides opportunities for the students to transfer their learning. The activities promote active engagement and involvement. "
Brian Kriz
"This is the most complete resource I have ever used for the teaching of fractions.David Spangler does an excellent job of clearly explaining the research and utilizing it to produce activities, practice exercises, diagnostics tests, error pattern explanations and much more. "
Marcia Carlson
“This text provides a great depth of coverage, an in-depth discussion of the types of errors students may make, and great ideas for rectifying their misunderstanding. I think this could become the ONLY book I’d need on this subject.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412993982
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 547,522
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Spangler is the recipient of the 2014 Lee E. Yunker Mathematics Leadership Award, sponsored by the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The award honors an Illinois teacher for providing outstanding resources to mathematics teachers. David has devoted his professional career of more than 40 years to mathematics education. He began as a middle-school mathematics teacher in an individualized setting. Later he taught at Triton Community College, where he gained direct experience interacting with struggling students in a developmental math laboratory. Currently he teachers mathematics methods courses through National-Louis University and ActiveMath Workshops, a professional development company he co-founded in 1994 (activemath.com). Some of the methods courses and workshops he facilitates address special needs students, intervention, computation, and error analysis at the elementary level. His workshops are designed to help teachers implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. David has literally worked with thousands of students and teachers during his career.

For many years David has worked as a mathematics textbook editor at the K–12 level. He has authored several books and has written numerous articles for mathematics journals, such as the popular "Cartoon Corner" for Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

As an educator, David’s goal has always been to teach mathematics for meaning rather than in a way that promotes rote memorization. Strategies for Teaching Whole Number Computation and Strategies for Teaching Fractions were written to help teachers achieve that goal. David’s other professional goals include exploring ways to teach mathematics through engaging, real-world applications and to explore humorous aspects to mathematics, especially mathematical blunders that illustrate mathematics illiteracy. David is a frequent speaker at conferences of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and other professional organizations, addressing teaching mathematics for meaning, teaching mathematics through real-world applications, and teaching mathematics through humor. He also delivers after-dinner talks on the subject of mathematical humor.

David lives with his wife, Bonnie, in Northbrook, Illinois. They have three grown children, Ben, Jamie, and Joey.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
A Look at the Academic Research:Intervention in the Mathematics Classroom
Big Ideas in Fractions and Problem Solving
Unit 1: Fraction Concepts
Unit 2: Addition/Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Unit 3: Multiplication/Division of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Resources: Worksheets, Activities, and Instructional Games (Blacklines)
Resources for Fraction Concepts
Resources for Addition/Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Resources for Multiplication/Division of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Answers for Student Materials
References
Technology Resources Online

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