So, now that you have some background, what is Conceptua Math - a web-based set of materials for teaching fractions. I'm pretty sure there are quite a few of you looking at your screens rather strangely...why is a teacher of students with significant cognitive disabilities talking about fractions? I thought the same thing so I talked with Arjan (for quite a while at his booth) and his explanation is quite simple (from the Conceptua Math Website):
Our goal is to build strong conceptual underpinnings in the complex area of fractions in order to provide a basis for comprehension in all of the topics that follow. We know that many students struggle with fractions through high school, and we want to help remedy that situation.
OK, so that makes sense, but again, why fractions...because it's just counting! Really, when you come right down to it, making fractions is all about counting, and many of our students work on counting their entire life! Why not also teach them fractions also (which if you've ever tried to cook are extremely frustrating!).
The beauty of this product is what you are able to do with it. For free you can use 13 whole classroom instructional materials (Free Fraction Materials) - identifying fractions, adding & subtracting fractions, & comparing fractions to just name a few. For a very reasonable price you can subscribe to the Premium Features like a full scope and sequence, instructional support & formative assessments. Also included in the Premium features are independent practice activities for students. The activities include text-to-speech for instructions, Instructional support to help students find the correct answer if they have trouble (not just telling them it's incorrect), and a formative assessment. After the assessment is given students receive their results, the option to review what they missed and suggestions on how to continue (do another of the same type, practice with support or work on a preskill). The Premium Features also include data collection.
Conceptua Math is reasonably priced:
For school and school district use:
I am very impressed with this product, it is research supported and they have put a lot of thought into it. While is not entire math curriculum, it is a great supplement to most programs. Please check it out!
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