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Lessons from Singapore Math: How to Help Students Think, Reason, and Make Sense of Fractions

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Help Students Think

Presented by Kathleen Jalalpour, Middle School Math Teacher and Singapore Math Consultant
Sponsored by Cignition, Inc.


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There is no need to convince a math educator that students have difficulty with fractions. Nonetheless, fractions are critical building blocks for future algebra and other math topics. In this webinar Kathleen Jalalpour, Middle School Math Teacher and Singapore Math Consultant, shares a variety of ways to help students gain a better understanding of fraction concepts and other mathematical topics more generally. The following methods are discussed:

• Using visuals to build understanding of fractions
• How virtual manipulatives help students make sense of fraction concepts and provide students ways to test and verify ideas

Watch this recorded session if you are looking for effective ways to help your students think, reason, and make sense of fractions. This presentation is designed for educators focused on teaching fraction concepts to grades four through seven as well as directors of curriculum and instruction, directors of learning and innovation, directors of special education, math specialists and coaches, resource specialists, principals, assistant principals, assistant superintendents, and superintendents.

Kathleen JalapourAbout the Presenter

Kathleen Jalalpour is a veteran and award-winning math teacher with 30 years of experience, including 11 years of teaching Singapore Math at all grades from kindergarten through eighth grade and four years of teaching fifth- and sixth-grade math in Europe. Kathleen has made dozens of presentations at schools and conferences, both in the U.S. and abroad, on the value of teaching math using a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. She believes that teaching hands-on, conceptual math can transform the landscape of how math is taught and learned here in the U.S. She is the author of The First Six Weeks, a guide to introducing Singapore Math to fifth- and sixth-graders who have never been exposed to it.

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Cignition Cignition develops immersive online virtual worlds to help students conceptually understand mathematics and achieve computational fluency. The games within the worlds have a deep integration of neuroscientific learning principles, effective pedagogy, and engaging game-play design.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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