When teaching is being driven by rules that make no sense: keep, change, flip or the butterfly method, student understanding is being undermined. What can we do about this in our classrooms?
Using the CRA model (concrete, representational, abstract) teachers will work through strategies to deepen their content knowledge in the area of fractions. Teachers will use manipulatives and representations to model ways to multiply and divide fractions without tricks. We will also explore ways to think proportionally without "cross multiplying" as a rule.
Starting as early as grade 5 students are multiplying and dividing fractions. This skill is vital to a students success throughout middle and high school. Developing a deeper understanding and problem solving skills for our students is critical during the introduction and development of multiplicative thinking through fractional parts.
This workshop would be great for Teachers Grade 5 - Alg. I, high school teachers can use the thinking in this workshop to help fill in gaps students may have.