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Misconceptions Unraveled: The Biggest Barriers to Learning Fractions
Tuesday December 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Presented by Drew Corley, PhD, Senior Learning Scientist, Amplify Education; and Zachary Wissner-Gross, PhD, Product Manager, Amplify Education
Sponsored by Amplify Fractions
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Fractions are tough! Students develop misconceptions that hinder their ability to understand fractions. When teaching fractions, we need to be aware of these misconceptions and find ways to help students make sense of fractions. Fortunately, the most common misconceptions are predictable, and even preventable.
In this edWebinar, Drew Corley, PhD, Senior Learning Scientist at Amplify Education; and Zachary Wissner-Gross, PhD, Product Manager at Amplify Education, examine some of the misconceptions that can derail students’ understanding of fractions. They look at patterns in data and student behavior to analyze how frequently they occur and expose possible reasons underlying such misunderstanding. They also explore specific misconceptions, as well as recommendations on how to best address them, in an effort to help students not just learn fractions, but also make sense of fractions.
Educators (especially grades 3-7), administrators, and technology specialists interested in helping students master fractions are invited to watch this recorded session. Learn new ways to combat some of the biggest barriers to learning fractions.
Special Invitation: All edWebinar participants are invited to try Amplify Fractions for free through the end of the year. Amplify Fractions is a digital math program laser-focused on helping students deeply understand fractions. Your free trial also allows you to set up your students to access the program. Sign up for your free trial now! Access runs through June 30, 2018. (This offer is available to anyone who pre-registers, attends live, or watches the recording.)
About the Presenters
Dr. Drew Corley is a senior learning scientist at Amplify Education, where he and his team are actively developing Amplify Fractions, an adaptive, story-driven approach to mathematical instruction. Dr. Corley is an NBPTS certified teacher in mathematics (EA) with seven years of classroom experience at the high school and collegiate level. During and after graduate studies, Dr. Corley has focused heavily on the topics of assessment and upper elementary- and middle-grades students’ learning and understanding of mathematics, particularly in the rational number domain. He received his BS in mathematics and MT in secondary mathematics education from the University of South Carolina, and went on to earn his doctorate in mathematics education from North Carolina State University.
Zachary Wissner-Gross, PhD, is a product manager at Amplify Education, where he leads the development of Amplify Fractions, an adaptive, story-driven approach to mathematical instruction. Dr. Wissner-Gross previously co-founded School Yourself, an online learning platform used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. With School Yourself, he launched the first two adaptive massive open online courses (AlgebraX and GeometryX) and authored three interactive textbooks in high school and college mathematics. He completed his undergraduate education in physics and biology at MIT, and went on to earn his doctorate in physics from Harvard University, where he was a Hertz Fellow and received the White Award for Excellence in Teaching.
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