Helping Students Understand Fractions and Decimals using Manipulatives

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Facilitator: Ulana Soletsky
Date:October 29, 2021
Time:12:45 pm to 2:45 pm MDT
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-DD-FMC-US-083
Focus: District Days Educational / Instructional Assistants Mathematics & Numeracy

Target Audience

Educational Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

What are some good manipulatives to use when supporting students and helping them really understand Fractions and Decimals? During this hands on session we will use manipulatives that you can use with your students to build a strong understanding of fractions and decimals and the operations with these types of numbers. Please bring the following manipulatives to the session or be prepared to use virtual manipulatives on a second screen. If you have access to these manipulatives please bring them to the session with you. Pattern Blocks, Cuisenaire rods, Fraction Squares, Base Ten Blocks, Fraction Strips or Fraction Tiles, fraction circles) If you do not have manipulatives to bring, be prepared to use virtual manipulatives on a second screen.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the Facilitator

Ulana Soletsky has been an educator for 37 years, and is passionate about all things that are math from Kindergarten to Grade 9. She spent 26 years in a classroom and for the past 11 years has held the position of AISI Coordinator, and most recently Math/Numeracy Consultant for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. During the past 13 years she has also been seconded to the ERLC as a Consultant offering Professional Development in the area of Math and Numeracy, providing sessions primarily in the area of how we can get the best results in our math classrooms. A key component of her work at the school division level involves collaboration with school administration teams and at-elbow support to K-9 teachers. Her focus is primarily around curriculum support as well as planning for staff development and school improvement. She is a certified facilitator in the First Steps in Math and has provided PD in the Number, Number Operations, Measurement strands of First Steps in Math.