“The most important foundational skill not presently developed appears to be proficiency with fractions… The teaching of fractions must be acknowledged as critically important and improved before an increase in student achievement in algebra can be expected.”
–The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2008)
What if you could change a student’s life in just 13 hours? What happens if you
Research shows that without fractions competency, students will significantly struggle in algebra and future mathematics. Why is this critical pillar for advanced study missing for so many students? Is there a solution?
ExploreLearning is excited to announce the release of the new Frax White Paper, a four-part analysis of the latest fractions research and a summary of how
ExploreLearning Frax helps students master fractions through evidence-based best practices.
About the Frax White Paper
Why are fractions so hard? Why are fractions important? The paper explains the crucial role of fractions in algebraic understanding and uncovers why math often “stops making sense” for students when they encounter fractions. Readers follow the story of Jacob, a hypothetical elementary student, as he encounters common problems associated with fractions understanding and instruction.
The Frax White Paper outlines the prominent keys to fractions mastery supported by
Extensive work with length models, including partitioning and iteration
Magnitude comparisons of fractions
Equivalence practice, including work with fractions greater than 1 and mixed numbers
Estimation of fractions on number lines
Relating fraction arithmetic to measurement models and number lines
Building the foundation to lasting success with Frax