5 Summary

This unit has focused on teaching fractions, but you have also looked at how to ask questions that require students to think and the importance of giving students sufficient time to think.

In studying this unit you have thought about how to enable your students to develop their ideas about fractions and about the necessity of providing rich and varied activities if students are to learn, understand and use ideas about fractions.

You have also seen how reflecting on learning, and how learning happens, is important in becoming better at teaching.

Pause for thought

Identify three techniques or strategies you have learnt in this unit that you might use in your classroom, and two ideas that you want to explore further.

4 Effective questioners give students time to think