Collaborating to Build Fraction Sense

Ever felt like teaching fractions to students is basically the worst? I consistently meet teachers of all grades who have had pretty terrible experiences with it. Secondary teachers, especially, know that when kids come to middle school or high school without fraction sense, they not only have conceptual blockages but also emotional blockages.

I’m digging into fraction sense a lot lately and I’d like to work on compiling articles and other resources that can help all of us think more deeply about what it takes to effectively understand and interact with fractions. If you have a blog you want to share, please do so in the comment section.

The preferred file name is something like AuthorYEAR-SimpleTopicDescription.pdf or AuthorAuthorYEAR-SimpleTopicDescription.pdf.

Let’s do this!

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About the Author: Levi Patrick

I serve as the Director of Secondary Mathematics for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This is my twelfth year in education and I am so happy to be surrounded by OKMath teachers who are so passionate, creative, and determined to do great things for mathematics education in Oklahoma.

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  • While this is not a research article, here is an example of forming understanding of fractions, while differentiating for a diverse student group:

    Will you be sharing the list of research you have curated? I would love to read what you have!


    • Thanks for sharing!

      For any document shared as a file, those are currently viewable by clicking the “View Submitted Resources Here” button in this article. Those that are blogs will start out here in the comment section as you have done.

      My long-term hope is to develop an Essential Readings for Fractions after a month or so. I’m sure this could happen via google docs if others were interested in collaborating.

  • Here’s a great article shared by Shelbi Cole from Hung-Hsi Wu (Berkley). For some reason, I can’t get it downloaded and added to the dropbox folder right now so I’ll just leave the link here: https://math.berkeley.edu/~wu/EMI2a.pdf

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