Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Division Monster

A really quick post as I have to get things ready for the next two days. I'll be at Wilton Place School for some tedious math workshop - mandated for all fourth grade teachers - and the students will, of course, have a substitute.

Today we started the standard algorithm, or procedure, for long division. This is one of those moments when children can start crying hopelessly during homework. Division is not that hard, as all of us who have mastered it know, but the students are sure that they can somehow skip steps instead of learning to do those steps quickly. So, division is the only real homework tonight, but it should be more than enough.

Home Studies: "Division Procedures," Math, pages 247 to 249.

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