Building Powerful Fractions

Online Workshop


Math teachers, are you . . .


✔ tired of your students giving answers that don't make sense?

✔ unsure how to support students who struggle to memorize?

✔ excited to learn powerful fraction strategies that don't expire?

✔ hoping to develop your own proportional reasoning?

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Mastery ≠ Robotic

Mastery = Confidence

Ready to conquer fractions?
We got you.

This workshop is everything you need. 7 modules, 7 weeks, a powerful transformation to make a REAL impact for your students.  $347

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"If you have even one student in your class that struggles with math, then take a Pam Harris workshop."

-Christopher Peterson, West High School, CA

A 7-week deep dive into

Building Multiplicative and Proportional Reasoning 

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  • The five meanings of a/b: part-whole, measurement, ratio, operator, and quotient

  • How to help students build and recognize equivalent fractions

  • The necessary models to support fraction understanding

  • Problem Strings to develop relative magnitude relationships based on multiplicative concepts

Runs June 4, 2024 - September 23, 2024. All for $347.

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Have you ever felt frustrated that you have to teach content you were never taught to unprepared students? Do you wonder how it is that you work so hard and your students aren’t doing better?

If you’re a mathematics teacher, leader, or professional learning facilitator looking to energize your teaching, then you probably already know that your students come to you unprepared, have gaps, often not prepared to learn about fractions.

This course will help you feel empowered, enlightened, and energized

By using the Development of Mathematical Reasoning to guide your decisions, you choose tasks that are open enough so that all your students have access and each are challenged.

Registration closes May 31, 2024










Workshop starts June 4, 2024

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What is in the Workshop?

Module 1: Math is Figureoutable!


What Will I Learn?

  • What it means for math to be "figureoutable"
  • How fractions fit in the overall development of mathematical reasoning
  • Why it is important to develop reasoning, not just get answers
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

This is the why, the background, the setting that sets the stage for the rest of the workshop, so that you can implement lessons and strategies knowing how it all fits together.


Module 2: The Multiple Meanings of Fractions


What Will I Learn?

  • What it can look like to think and reason about fractions
  • What the difference is between relative and absolute thinking and how that affects fraction understanding
  • The five meanings of a/b: part-whole, measurement, ratio, operator, and quotient 

Why Is This Important?

Students need to develop more than part-whole relationship ideas in order to develop fluency with fractions. Teachers need to know the five meanings of a/b to ensure that students get experiences with all five meanings. 


Module 3: The Whole Matters

What Will I Learn?

  • Why it is important to define the "whole" or "unit" when using part-whole relationships
  • Activities to help students reunitize the whole
  • Ways to help students build relationships such as "half can be represented as one out of two objects, but half also means 50 out of 100 objects"
  • How to help students build and recognize equivalent fractions

Why Is This Important?

Students need to experience part-whole relationships where the defined unit changes so they can feel what it means for fractions to be equivalent. Equivalent relationships are necessary to developing fluency and flexibility in problem solving. When students can identify an equivalent fraction, they can use the fraction that best helps them solve a given problem.


Module 4: Equipartitioning, Number Line & Fractions

What Will I Learn?

  • What a "unit fraction" is and why it is a foundational fraction idea
  • Problem Strings to build operator meaning and multiplicative relationships
  • How to use manipulatives effectively with students to build relationships
  • How to get students thinking about multiplying and dividing by fractions without using memorized, step-by-step procedures
  • The necessary models to support fraction understanding

Why Is This Important?

All this is aimed at providing students with many types of experiences in order to build connections and relationships. When students learn through a variety of contexts, models, and activities, they can think and reason through fraction operations instead of rote memorizing (and misapplying) step-by-step procedures. 


Module 5: Comparing & Ordering, Equivalence, Fractions as Quantities

What Will I Learn?

  • Problem Strings to develop relative magnitude relationships based on multiplicative concepts
  • How to use landmark fractions from money and clock models to add and subtract fractions without algorithms or finding lowest common multiples

Why Is This Important?

As students build mental relationships about numbers, they can use what they know to solve problems. We need to support students as they build these relationships so they can think and reason about fractions. Fractions are figureoutable!


Module 6: Top 3 Types of Tasks for Student Success

What Will I Learn?

  • Three important instructional routines that support students in building relationships and sense making
  • How to sequence lessons to maximize learning 
  • Steps to implement to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

Students need lots of experience with fractions as they build relationships and understanding. The experiences are more powerful when crafted together in purposeful ways. We want to get the most benefit of what we do in the classroom to keep students learning and progressing.


Module 7: High-leverage Teacher Moves to Move the Math Forward

What Will I Learn?

  • High-leverage teacher moves to encourage student sense making 
  • Teacher moves that support equity and access 
  • Teacher moves to differentiate — to support and challenge all learners 
  • How to support meaningful discourse to facilitate learning
  • Steps to implement to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

Even with all the cool activities you will learn in this workshop, it is still easy to flub a lesson. In this module, you’ll learn the high-level teacher moves that make the learning happen like a pro.


Live Q&A With Pam

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to submit questions to Pam for her to answer during a live Q&A. This Q&A will be recorded and you will have access to it.

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I’m Pam Harris and I empower teachers to be the teacher they want to be.


I have been working with educators for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, university instructor, and teacher trainer, as well as writing books and creating resources for teachers.

As a beginner teacher, I worked hard to make lessons understandable and interesting but I didn’t realize how much I relied on rote memorization and repeating procedures until I immersed myself in math research. This fundamentally changed the way I do and teach mathematics so that teachers and students reason mathematically, not mimic like robots.

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If you have heard enough and you are ready to join me in my online workshop, then click below to register now!

The workshop costs $347, which is less than the registration cost for many large conferences and also way more convenient.


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How Does The Workshop Compare?

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My Guarantees

If you complete my workshop and do not learn anything that you can use in your classroom, email me at [email protected] within 10 business days of the workshop ending and I will give you a full refund.

 You will feel very supported because there are live Q&A sessions to ask questions, bonus videos and materials, as well as optional activities.

 I estimate an average of 2 hours of work each week for this seven-week workshop. You will have access to the workshop content for 16 weeks.

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