Welcome back! If you have been following this series of blog posts all about fractions and improving our fraction instruction and learning, I welcome you to day 3! If you are new to the series, feel free to snoop around at POST 1 and POST 2 when you have time for more foundation information about teaching fractions.
Today I want to focus on something I briefly touched upon in that first ... Read *the* Post

## Getting Students Ready to Learn Fractions: Gradual Release and More

In my earlier post, I talked about the many factors that make fractions challenging for students. If you missed it, you can read it by clicking RIGHT HERE. Before my next few posts where I tackle some "in the trenches" ideas about fractions, I want to talk about gradual release, an instructional strategy that is true in good math instruction across ALL topics.
What is "Gradual Release" of ... Read *the* Post

## What makes teaching fractions so challenging?

If you have followed me or seen any of my webinars, you know that I wholeheartedly believe that all students can learn math at a high level--and we, as teachers, need to constantly strive to refine our teaching strategies and methods so that we reach ALL students...no matter their starting point. This is especially true for fractions which can be one of the most challenging things we teach. This ... Read *the* Post

## Fraction Concepts Day 2! Conceptions, Misconceptions, and Mathematical Language

Well, things got even more interesting as my work with fractions unfolded on day 2! For those of you who read my first fraction post, I discussed how we used paper folding to get our fraction concepts unit "launched", and we ran out of time to finish the investigation before digging into some fraction misconceptions. I gave them another 25 minutes today to work on folding their different ... Read *the* Post

## Fraction Folding–discovery learning

Today we kicked off our fraction unit, and I think I am going to really try to do a lot of blogging about it over the next few weeks--because I will be immersed in it AND because it is such a critical component of the Common Core for intermediate grades. I think it is vital that we dialogue about ways to help students build their understanding of fractions, so I invite you to share along with me ... Read *the* Post

## More Fraction Number Lines: More Critiquing Reasoning!

If you missed my post the other day about using number lines to improve fractional reasoning, you might want to take a peek at it before digging into this post! Just CLICK HERE if you missed it...because I want you to know that the lesson featured today was not the FIRST time my students had worked with this number lines or critiquing reasoning. This lesson is one that should come after they have ... Read *the* Post

## Fraction Number Lines, Number Sense, and Math Discourse Part 1

It seems like I have picked a few topics lately that just don't fit into one blog post! I wanted to share two different "warm ups" I did with fraction number lines--and two different types of "math talk" that resulted from them. Give these two lessons a try and see what you think! I went kind of "photo journalism" style because I thought the pictures helped tell the story! Watch not just for ... Read *the* Post

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