## What to Do When Students Struggle with Fraction Operations

Students of all ages may struggle with fraction operations. They’re not that hard, as long as students understand the concept of fractions.

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# Math Education

## What to Do When Students Struggle with Fraction Operations

## Why All the Controversy Over Visual Models in Math Class?

## Is it time to Retire the Term “Math Facts?”

## Graphic Organizers: Just A Fancy Name for Worksheets?

## When His Students Demanded Self-Paced Learning, This Teacher Listened

## Fun Math Warm-ups for Every Day of the Week

## My Favorite Math Lesson Ever: The Sieve of Eratosthenes

## Why Every Math Class Should Teach Number Sentences

## 3 Steps To Implement Data-Driven Instruction (2/3): Whole Group and Small Group Planning

Students of all ages may struggle with fraction operations. They’re not that hard, as long as students understand the concept of fractions.

Traditional math focused on arithmetic until high school. Common Core uses visual models to introduce conceptual math earlier.

When students struggle in math, we often think it’s because they haven’t mastered their facts. But what if there’s no such thing as a “math fact?”

Graphic organizers and worksheets seem similar. But there are some key differences that make graphic organizers better suited to hands-on learning.

With self-paced learning, you don’t value speed, you value mastery. So instead of scaffolding rigor I’m going to scaffold the time students are given.

When I first started teaching, a few minutes here and there didn’t seem like a big deal. But now I appreciate the importance of strong math warm-ups.

The Sieve of Eratosthenes helps students have fun finding patterns in the numbers up to 100. And there’s always another layer for any age to uncover.

By teaching basic operations with number sentences, students and teachers can go beyond disconnected “math facts” to seeing connections between numbers.

In this week’s post, we will look at some ways that data can help us plan for whole group or small group lessons. I tend to interpret my class data by starting with a broad overview and “zooming in” to understand more specifics.