This talk considers how to teach fractions and measurement by using multi-sensory methods. There will be suggestions to help pupils develop competence and confidence when working with data.
This talk considers how to teach fractions and measurement by using multi-sensory methods. There will be suggestions for practical ideas for modelling, talking, drawing and writing about fractions, measurement and data to help pupils develop competence and confidence when working with data.
Fractions, decimals and percentages are different ways of expressing the same idea – the part-whole relationship. Before they embark on fraction work, pupils need a sound understanding of whole numbers and how they relate to each other. They also need to understand the relationship between discrete (counting) numbers and continuous (measuring) numbers. The number line is the basis of all measurement which plays a key role in the way that data is gathered and then presented in graphs. The number line is also an invaluable tool for working with fractions.
- Provide practical ideas for teaching fractions and measurement using multi-sensory methods
- Develop an understanding and reasoning based approach to using fractions and measurement to convey and interpret data
Presented by Patricia Babtie
Dyscalculia consultant, lecturer and author
Patricia Babtie is an SEN teacher, lecturer and author who specialises in dyscalculia and numeracy difficulties. She has taught adults as well as working at Emerson House, a specialist centre in London, and in state and independent schools. She is particularly interested in devising ways to integrate SEN interventions into classroom teaching.
Patricia is co-author, with Jane Emerson, of the teaching books The DyscalculiaAssessment and The Dyscalculia Solution: Teaching number sense as well asUnderstanding Dyscalculia and Numeracy Difficulties: a guide for parents, teachers and other professionals. A new book called 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Numeracy Difficulties and Dyscalculia is to be released later this year.
Patricia has worked with Emeritus Professor Brian Butterworth and other researchers at London University to try to integrate the findings from educational neuroscience into effective numeracy teaching, as well as collaborating on a project run by Professor Diana Laurillard of the London Knowledge Lab to the develop digital games and activities to improve basic numeracy.