MA Blogger: Brenda Bernstorf
Every school and educational method believes that students need fundamental skills in math, reading, writing, important concepts, historical figures, and historical events. Each school and methodology differs in how to accomplish this.
I have never taught math per se. However, I have taught math concepts to piano students, cooking students, and as a substitute teacher. How many ways are there to teach fractions from a practical perspective?
Whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, 16th notes, are equivalent to 1, ½, ¼, 1/8, and 1/16. Notes are measurements of time or duration – in fractions.
Every cook understands 1 cup, ½ cup, ¼ cup (or teaspoons). These are measurements of volume and understanding is essential for the success of the recipe.
A whole pie, half pie, quarter pie, eighth pie – are all measurements about how much pie I will get to eat. (I have found this particularly helpful for students who just don’t get fraction concepts – this is visceral).
One dollar (doesn’t mean as much as it once did), half dollar (don’t see these much anymore), quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Money is all about fractions and will help children understand fractions.
I’m sure you could share many more ways to teach fractions. Montessori materials give children hands on experience to demonstrate fractions. Teaching this concept in the abstract is not nearly as effective as hands on – or dividing a pie. When the materials help the child experience what fractions mean the learning becomes concrete.