Dr Stephen Norton

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education
School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

Sessions

Three critical computation skills and understanding needed in school mathematics, prep to year 9

Mathematical problem solving is founded on understanding and conceptual fluency.  We can be reasonably assured that we can teach most children to add numbers.  However, teaching the subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, then subsequently fractions and expressions is an altogether different challenge.   In this session we explore how the materials, explicit language and logic of teaching these critical computations with whole numbers can be extended to fractions computation and computation with algebraic expressions.  Consistency and commonality of structure and pedagogical models enable the child to develop a deeper understanding of the operations.   This understanding facilitates more abstract study of mathematics and mathematical problem solving.   This session is useful for teachers of students from Year 1 to 9.

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