Conceptual variation means to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts from multiple perspectives and through a variety of visualisations. Teachers question pupils on what’s the same? What’s different? Conceptual variation also refers to what something is as well as what it is not.
Take a look at an example below. Here, we would be exploring the concept of fractions of a shape.
What is one half?
What is it not?
Which of these images show correct fractions shaded? Which do not?
Can you explain why/ why not?