Halfway There! Helping Students to Understand Fractional Numbers (Years 3-6)

30 places available

Start:  Friday 18 January 2019 - 9.00am

Finish: Friday 18 January 2019 - 12.30pm

Location:  SSTUWA building, 1 West Street, West Perth WA 6005 (off Thomas Street)


About the course

For many students, fractions seem like magic. If initial learning of fractions is not connected to the real world it may appear that teachers use “slight of hand/mind” to produce fractional numbers representing a wide range of real world situations. Start your year off feeling more confident to support your students.

A fraction can be a quantity (part of a whole), a counting number (which can be represented on a number line), a division or a ratio. This half-day course will expose the partial concepts and misconceptions that many students hold as they travel the path to real understanding of fractional situations and the numbers that represent them.

Suggestions will be offered for student activities and focus questions to help move fractional thinking forward and to encourage students to understand the complex matrix that forms the rational number system.

Many students, reaching high school, are only “Half-way There”.

You will receive an email to the address you provided, on Monday 7 January 2019.  The email will confirm if the event is going ahead as scheduled.


During this course teachers will:

  • Enhance pedagogical content knowledge about fractions.
  • Learn how to recognise students’ existing knowledge about fractions.
  • Learn how to challenge partial concepts, address faulty visual images and misconceptions held by students, and understand why they think this way.
  • Take away ideas for practical, cheap, easy to do activities that enhance understanding of fractions.


$ 75 : Members: Part Time/Relief/Student
$ 150 : Members: Full Time
$ 250 : Non-Members


Morning tea provided.

We are able to supply a vegetarian or gluten free option. Please advise prior to the event. training@sstuwa.org.au


Lesley Price
Maths Consultant

Nominated Audience

Educators Years 3-6

Trade union training leave

Members in schools and TAFE colleges are eligible for five days of paid leave per year to attend trade union training (TUT).

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to DoE/principal four weeks prior to the event.
  • Provide DoE/principal with a printed copy of the course program attached to this form.
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA. See “nominated audience” on the attached course program.

This leave provision covers teacher relief for members attending SSTUWA TUT courses.

For school administration
When processing TUT leave applications:

  • Indicate the leave is “Miscellaneous Paid Leave” when completing an application for leave form.
  • “Trade Union Training - project code 1471” should be written under leave type.

Professional Standards for Teachers in Western Australia

This training relates to the following standards :

Standard 2 – Know the content and how to teach it
Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Standard 4 – Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community