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Monday, September 8, 2014

Fraction Foundations: Helping Students Understand Fractions

Are you helping students learn fractions? 

Having trouble attending PD because your school can't afford to send you?

Then help yourself to the latest Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University's College of Education.
"FractionFoundations" introduces activities about fair-sharing, measurement, and the number line that you can use to teach fractions concepts and skills. Goals of this free, self-directed course include
  • developing a deeper understanding of the fractions content standards, and relevant practice standards, that apply in your school
  • investigating common student misconceptions about fractions and why fractions are hard for children (and adults) to understand
  • analyzing students' thinking about fractions to inform instruction
  • addressing students' learning differences when teaching fraction concepts and skills
This MOOC-Ed is organized around the recommendations of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guide entitled "Developing Effective Fractions Instructionfor Kindergarten through 8th Grade"

The 2014 Fraction Foundations MOOC-Ed is comprised of five units scheduled over eight weeks.  It begins on September 22, 2014 and ends eight weeks later on November 16, 2014.  For those who would like more time to complete their work, the course will remain open until December 16.
More information is provided in the Course Overview section and other links below. Participants are invited to engage in all the units and activities or to select those that are most relevant to their personal learning goals. For those who complete the requirements, a Certificate of Completion will be provided that can be submitted to your local agency to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
The Fraction Foundations MOOC-Ed is brought to you by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University's College of Education. Dr. Glenn Kleiman is the program director, working with a team of teachers, researchers, designers and technologists to develop and offer the course.

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