UHV invites teachers to fractions workshop

A free workshop for local teachers on Aug. 24 will focus on how to help students learn and remember fractions.

The “Motivation: Making Fractions User Friendly” in-service training will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

The program is open to kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers at public, private and home schools. Door prizes will be given away. Teachers are asked to bring scissors and markers.

Barba Patton

Barba Patton, a UHV associate professor of math education, will present interactive activities designed to help students understand and remember fractions. Information also will be presented about how to avoid common fraction misconceptions.

Getting students to retain information about fractions has a number of state test and real life benefits, Patton said. For example, on the state math tests, fractions are embedded in 60 to 70 percent of the questions. While the test may not directly ask about a fraction, students need to know fractions to answer the questions correctly.

“Students will learn later in life that fractions are everywhere,” Patton said. “You use them for shopping, time, money, cooking, travel – the list goes on and on.”

For teachers interested in attending, an email RSVP is requested by 5 p.m. Aug. 23. To RSVP or for more information, contact Patton at or 361-570-4263.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro