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Georgia Southern University

2011

Mathematics

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Using Performance Assessments To Connect Fractions And Rational Expressions: Noyce Scholars As Mentors To Pre-Service Elementary Teachers, Joy W. Darley, Michelle Cawthorn, Marlynn Griffin, Brian P. Koehler, James Lobue Jul 2011

Using Performance Assessments To Connect Fractions And Rational Expressions: Noyce Scholars As Mentors To Pre-Service Elementary Teachers, Joy W. Darley, Michelle Cawthorn, Marlynn Griffin, Brian P. Koehler, James Lobue

Mathematical Sciences Faculty Presentations

At Georgia Southern University, Noyce scholars are not only being mentored, but they are also serving as mentors to preservice elementary teachers. One topic that proves to be problematic for many students is the conceptual understanding of fractions and rational expressions. Since our Noyce scholars with mathematics degrees will be teaching algebra, it is important that they are fluent with the arithmetic to algebra connection. In addition, it is crucial that these mathematics majors become stakeholders in mathematics education at the elementary school level.

Performance assessments can provide the structure necessary for assisting pre-service elementary teachers in firmly establishing the ...