tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4746027850336066537.post6652303858717303528..comments2022-08-12T08:04:17.060-04:00Comments on The Elementary Math Maniac: Hands on Fraction FunThe Math Maniachttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06177173988483052908noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4746027850336066537.post-24207298144032897522016-04-16T00:57:35.340-04:002016-04-16T00:57:35.340-04:00I really enjoyed reading this blog. One idea that ...I really enjoyed reading this blog. One idea that would be great to think about to help students learn new strategies would be doing number talks in your classroom. The article “Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning” by Sherry D. Parrish is a great resource. Number talks involve five to fifteen minute conversations around purposefully chosen computation problems. Having students do number talks helps students compute more accurately, efficiently, and flexibly. There are five essential components to number talks. These components are classroom environment and community, classroom discussions, a shift in the teacher’s role, mental math, and purposeful computation problems (Parrish, 2011). Jo Boaler, a professor at Standford, also has some great video resources about growth and fixed mindset. In one video, “Jo Boaler: The Brain Science on Growth Mindset,” she explains how the praise that we give to students contributes to their mindset. We need to be careful not to praise students for being smart. We should instead praise students for what they accomplish. We also need to tell our students that everybody can learn math. I like how the students in your fraction lesson were able to learn that half of 1 is ½ and half of ½ is ¼, and half of ¼ is 1/8. This is a helpful activity to help students get passed the misconception of 1/8 being bigger than ¼ because 8 is a bigger number than 4. I also liked how you had hands-on manipulatives for your students to use and did not just teach them the standard algorithm. Thanks for the great ideas!<br /><br />Justine Weilernoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4746027850336066537.post-43348374172199624152016-02-08T10:38:56.170-05:002016-02-08T10:38:56.170-05:00This seems like a great way to help visual and tac...This seems like a great way to help visual and tactile learners be able to visualize fractions! I'd have loved this resource as a kid myself, actually. Thanks for sharing this!Jordanhttps://www.coachconnecxion.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4746027850336066537.post-46454253633834233772016-01-24T23:54:01.673-05:002016-01-24T23:54:01.673-05:00That sounds like such a smart idea. I never would ...That sounds like such a smart idea. I never would have thought of using sand and measuring cups with grade four students. I think that's brilliant! We're always thinking hands on exploration with the young ones, but the older kids benefit, too.Barbarahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16776494983428336686noreply@blogger.com