UHV invites teachers to fractions workshop
Aug. 18, 2012 at 3:18 a.m.
Updated Aug. 19, 2012 at 3:19 a.m.
A free workshop for Victoria teachers on Friday will focus on how to help students learn and remember fractions.
The program is open to kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers at public, private and home schools.
Teachers are asked to bring scissors and markers.
Barba Patton, a UHV associate professor of math education, will present interactive activities designed to help students understand and remember fractions. Information also will be presented about how to avoid common fraction misconceptions.
Getting students to retain information about fractions has a number of state test and real life benefits, Patton said. For example, on the state math tests, fractions are embedded in 60 to 70 percent of the questions. While the test may not directly ask about a fraction, students need to know fractions to answer the questions correctly.
"Students will learn later in life that fractions are everywhere," Patton said. "You use them for shopping, time, money, cooking, travel - the list goes on and on."