Understanding Fractions Across the Grades

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Parents want to be supportive of math education. But they often feel frustration when they don't recognize the kind of instruction their children are getting and can't help them at home. The best way to guide parents toward an understanding of how their kids are learning is by engaging them in the very same mathematics students are experiencing at school. With the Supporting School Mathematics series, you'll find six comprehensive workshop modules for effectively engaging with ...

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Overview

Parents want to be supportive of math education. But they often feel frustration when they don't recognize the kind of instruction their children are getting and can't help them at home. The best way to guide parents toward an understanding of how their kids are learning is by engaging them in the very same mathematics students are experiencing at school. With the Supporting School Mathematics series, you'll find six comprehensive workshop modules for effectively engaging with parents or any stakeholder in mathematics education.

Understanding Fractions Across the Grades is designed to help parents understand what it means to teach for conceptual understanding and the importance of developing mathematical understandings over time. Parents experience how fractions can be taught in a problem-solving context. The session uses lessons from grades 3 - 5 of the K - 5 series Investigations In Number, Data, & Space. The content of this session is appropriate for teachers and parents of grades 3 - 6, and students of grades 4 - 6.

Each of the six sessions of Supporting School Mathematics each use explicit, thorough, hands-on examples to illustrate how key aspects of your math curriculum work. Parents will come to understand:

  • what it means to teach for understanding and how meaningful, challenging, and engaging this type of learning is
  • why and how the focus of instruction is different than traditional mathematics teaching
  • how basic facts are both explicitly and implicitly addressed
  • how to extend to home what students learn at school.
Each Supporting School Mathematics package includes everything you need to conduct a successful parent workshop:
  • a planning handbook that offers general advice on presenting mathematical content and even provides you a Q-and-A section featuring the questions you are most likely to get and good answers to them
  • a module that includes scripts, content-specific talking points, overheads, and handouts that help audience members understand how their children are learning and discover new ways of helping them at home
  • a CD that contains ready-to-print files for the overheads as well as printable versions of the handouts in both English and Spanish.

The six workshops in the Supporting School Mathematics series help you demonstrate for parents the most important aspects of any mathematics curriculum:

  • Helping with Math at Home: Ideas for Parents
  • Helping with Math at Home: More Ideas for Parents
  • Understanding Addition and Subtraction Across the Grades
  • Understanding Multiplication Across the Grades
  • Understanding Fractions Across the Grades
  • Encouraging Mathematical Thinkers: The Basics and More

Gain parents' support by using Supporting School Mathematics to introduce them to high-quality, student-centered mathematics instruction. It's an easy, new way to change how they think about their children's math education.

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The Mathematics Education Collaborative (MEC) is nationally recognized for its groundbreaking work with parents and the public in communities throughout the US. Under the leadership of Ruth E. Parker and Patty Lofgren, MEC helps schools and districts engage communities in support of quality mathematics instruction. Its operating model includes: - a series of public sessions for parents and educators - workshops for administrators - mathematics content courses for K-20 teachers - leadership development for local math support teams - community-business advisory committees. MEC can be contacted at mec@mec-math.org or by phone at (360) 384-1749.
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