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Fraction Progressions: How to Use What Your Students Already Know to Solve Rich Math Performance Tasks

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Fraction Progressions: How to Use What Your Students Already Know to Solve Rich Math Performance Tasks

Presented by Suzanne Hood, Educational Consultant, Exemplars; and Robin Moore, Curriculum Renewal Coordinator, EdAdvance
Moderated by Jay Meadows, CEO, Exemplars

Sponsored by Exemplars

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To inspire deep learning, curiosity and a love for mathematics, educators use student prior knowledge of fractions to drive instructional moves in their problem-solving progression. By understanding the progression of fractions, educators will be able to anticipate how to support students’ entry points through rich math performance tasks.

This edWebinar explores facilitation of fraction instruction in the classroom using the Five Practices: anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting. Along the way, we look at:

  • How performance tasks serve as the perfect complement to support the development within the fraction progressions
  • Why developing solutions is as important as finding answers
  • Specific tools teachers can use to foster conceptual understanding of fractions

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to teachers and school and district leaders of the kindergarten through middle school levels.


Suzanne HoodAbout the Presenters

Suzanne Hood has been a professional mathematics educator for more than 22 years. She holds a master’s degree in education from the State University of West Georgia. Suzanne was born and raised in Atlanta and currently resides in Flowery Branch, GA. She has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and instructional leader to support students as they navigate the problem-solving process in grades K-5. Suzanne has worked with the Math Institute in Gwinnett County Schools, GA where teachers can experience best practices by observing, modeling, and refining their instructional decisions using Exemplars tasks.

Working with instructional coaches and teachers, Suzanne models lessons, provides professional learning, collects data, and facilitates the immersion of problem solving within the elementary school community. Throughout her career, Suzanne has worked to support critical thinking and encourage colleagues to engage students with the Standards for Mathematical Practices that facilitate a lifelong understanding of mathematics.


Robin Moore

Robin Moore is a lead curriculum renewal coordinator at EdAdvance, one of Connecticut’s six Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs). She is also a certified K-5 facilitator for Illustrative Mathematics and an educational consultant for Exemplars. She started her journey 22 years ago as an elementary classroom teacher. Robin’s passion for modeling a growth mindset for students and colleagues as well as an interest in helping build an understanding and love of mathematics led her to pursue a position as a math specialist. Over time, she became a K-8 math coordinator and then a K-12 STEM coordinator. She actively participates in multiple organizations such as Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics and Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut. In addition, she loves to share her experiences at various conferences such as ATMNE, NCTM, and NCSM. When not promoting a love for mathematics, Robin enjoys gardening, gymnastics, and spending time with her family.


Jay MeadowsAbout the Moderator

Jay Meadows serves as Exemplars’ Chief Executive Officer. He is a former middle school math and science teacher and has been working in education for more than two decades. Jay holds a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Vermont and a master’s in mathematical pedagogy from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jay is also one of Exemplars’ primary performance task writers and professional development consultants for the middle level. Leading sessions throughout the United States, Jay works with teachers to integrate performance tasks and research-based best practices into their curricula. Through Exemplars, Jay dreams of teaching a generation of students to become powerful problem solvers. Prior to his career in education, Jay coordinated delegations from the former Soviet Union through U.S. State Department grants. Jay has also worked alongside a number of international non-profits and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer.


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Exemplars provides performance tasks, rubrics, and student anchor papers for schools and districts in Math, Science, and Writing. Our performance material engages students and promotes reasoning, communication, and higher-order thinking. Performance tasks are classroom-tested and may be used for assessment, instruction, and professional development. Exemplars’ supplemental resources are research-based and designed to meet state, national, and Common Core standards.


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