02 SEP 2016 by ideonexus

## Math Exercise: Multiple Approaches to Problem-Solving

For example, if the problem was to fi nd the answer to 8 × 6, students may suggest three options: memorizing the multiplication table for 6, knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and adding another 8 to equal 48, or adding a column of six 8s. Allowing students to personally choose among approaches all confi rmed as correct and to support their choice will increase their comfort levels. Th is process also builds math logic, intuition, and reasoning skills that extend into other academic subjects and real-...02 SEP 2016 by ideonexus

## Mathematical Cue Words

Addition: add, plus, sum, total, altogether, increased by, grew, gained, total of, combined, more than (as in, “3 more than 7 is 10”), put together, in all Subtraction: minus, take away, diff erence, less than, from, remove, subtract, gives away, sells, loses, fewer than, decreased by, diff erence between Multiplication: product, times, doubled (tripled, etc.), some problems give information about one and ask for total amounts (also, when dealing with multiplication of fractions, of us...09 AUG 2014 by ideonexus

## Understanding Factors Through Divisibility

This is appropriate for 4th or 5th graders and involves finding the smallest number divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10. Directions: Teach the students how to tell if a number is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, & 10. Give groups ofu00a0two tou00a0four students the divisibility rules on a sheet of paper, and challenge them to find the smallest number divisible by all of the numbers listed above. Eventually the students, with or without help from the teacher, will come to reali...13 MAR 2014 by ideonexus

## We Teach Kids Mathematics in the Wrong Order

The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The computational set expands to include bigger and bigger numbers, and at some point, fractions enter the picture, too. Then in early adolescence, students are introduced to patterns of numbers and letters, in the entirely new subject of algebra. A minority of students then wend their way through geometry, trigonometry and, finally, calculus, w...The slow accumulation of basics turns kids off to the subject.