Tagged: division

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Dividing Fractions- The Awkward Question

  Image via Wikipedia You are negotiating the shark invested waters of the Sea of Misconceptions which nestles itself within the vast barren plains in the province of Understanding Fractions, and you reach the point where you tell them that to divide one fraction by another you turn the second one upside down and then multiply them. The class is...

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Thoughts on why kids struggle to understand fractions and proportion

I’m at the very beginning of my teaching career. Amongst the day-to-day business of teaching, whilst on my PGCE I spent quite a lot of time thinking about how to break down mathematical ideas into key concepts that the kids could understand and thought about how best to communicate them. I found this time valuable and illuminating as it challenged...

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Making 100

Pupils write out the digits 1 to 10 like this: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 The aim is to create an expression that equals 100 by putting as many + – X and / signs between the digits as they like. You might like to demo...