Building Math Knowledge for Teaching Fractions to Struggling Learners (Grades 5-6)
What will you gain from the PD program?
- Deepen your own knowledge of key fraction concepts
- Build flexibility in approaches to fraction concepts by using manipulatives, visual representations, number lines, algorithms, and computer applets
- Use powerful diagnostic approaches for identifying students’ math strengths and difficulties
- Learn about research on students’ misconceptions and on effective practices for addressing them
- Expand repertoire of instructional practices for making lessons accessible to struggling learners
- Take away ideas and materials to apply in your classroom practice
What math content does the PD focus on? The program addresses the Massachusetts fraction standards (grades 5-6) from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
Who should take this professional development? The program is designed for general educators, special educators, and math teachers (grades 5-6) who do not have extensive math backgrounds.
- No prior experience with on-line learning is needed.
- To participate, Massachusetts districts need a group of 3-8 teachers (See District Application).
- Teachers are expected to attend all 3 components of the program (See Teacher Application).
What is our approach to professional development?
- Differentiated: choose different paths in the on-line module based on your interests and background knowledge
- In-depth and Hands-on: explore math concepts by using multiple approaches, including manipulatives, visuals, and computer applets
- Student-focused: identify students’ strengths and difficulties by using diagnostic approaches, including formative assessment probes. Watch classroom videos, examine student work samples, and try ideas with your students.
- Collaborative:work together with colleagues to discuss mathematics, student misconceptions, and accessibility strategies; strengthen collaboration between general and special educators
- Connects Research to Practice: take away powerful research-based diagnostic and instructional approaches, tools, and resources to use with students
Who are the Instructors? Amy Brodesky, Emily Fagan, Fred Gross, and Cheryl Tobey of Education Development Center, a non-profit organization in Waltham, MA.
PROGRAM IS FULL!
Thank you for your interest in our program. At this time we have reached maximum capacity.
For more information please contact Amy Brodesky at firstname.lastname@example.org