Tagged: fractions

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Fractions, decimals and percentages conversion notes and grid exercise

Here are some notes for pupils about how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. The idea is that they can add examples to them in the blank space around and inside the triangle: Here is a grid-filling exercise where they can apply the ideas in the notes. Forming groups of 4 to discuss their answers, mark correct if they...

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Adding fractions. The Macarena Method!

There are some constants in life. This is extremely reassuring. Like it or not, 100 years from now people will still be complaining about politicians and the government. One other constant will be that children’s uncles will still beĀ embarrassingĀ themselves at cheesy wedding discos, pulling out all their best dance moves to the wince of all their relatives. Whilst not a...

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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...