The implementation of CCSSM helped this teacher think about how to use different representations to help fourth-grade students increase their conceptual understanding of fractions.
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Donald N. Sarazen, email@example.com, teaches fourth grade at H. B. Rhame Elementary School in Columbia, South Carolina. He enjoys engaging his students in real-world mathematical problem solving and having his students interact with their community.
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