What insights did you gain from working with the various activities pertaining to long division (e.g., engaging with individual steps, engaging in a sequence of closely related division questions, contrasting long and short division)?

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Miranda Kaytor
Miranda Kaytor
1 year ago

I realized how helpful it is to have students work with one divisor that they are familiar with rather than constantly changing them up. Also working with dividends that are closely related, for example 76 then 77 is impactful.

Karina Oliveira
1 year ago

As Miranda Kaytor stated, I found really helpful to keep the divisor the same. Working with a sequence of dividends to find patterns is really great. I find the short division method very interesting as it highlights the place value of the numbers. I would introduce it after teaching long division

Joanne Decker
1 year ago

I had a couple “Aha” moments as I realized how many assumptions I had made when doing division. I have always been fairly efficient at applying algorithms, but had not made the connections that became apparent when working through the unraveled questions. It is interesting to me that as I make connections between concepts; it becomes easier to see other connections.

Sarah Kangles
1 year ago

I also found that working with one divisor allowed connections to be made. The importance of place value was apparent when working through the activities.

Casandra Harrold
1 year ago

As Miranda posted, it was very helpful to think about providing examples that used one divisor that students were familiar with and to vary the dividend by 1. It was helpful to think about how these examples could draw student attention to the pattern of the remainder.

Paul Gautreau
10 months ago

Use contrast, juxtaposition, structured variation, etc are powerful ways to highlight critical discernments.

Peter Ehrman
9 months ago

What was highlighted in my mind was the powerful nature of providing students with prompts that are close in relationship to each other, with variances that expose the whole understanding.

Michelle Rushford
9 months ago

As the teacher, you need to be flexible to allow students to demonstrate which strategy works best for them (i.e., some students want to go through all the steps, some prefer the abbreviated method). It is important to ensure that students who are using an abbreviated method are doing so with full understanding and not just a desire for “shortcuts”.
Showing different variations which result in the same answer can be very engaging for students!

Christine Ottens
9 months ago

Using a clear contrast is very powerful for student understanding, and to see the relationships between numbers.

Stefan Rasporich
9 months ago

By juxtaposing a sequence of lessons with small alterations builds on this “Spot-the-Difference” approach that becomes an expected way to engage. It also allows a student to discover the process in their own by reverse engineering , for example, the +1000, -100 to stand for +900.

Alisa Cooper
8 months ago

I saw the value in keeping the divisor the same for repeated examples to allow students to focus on other discernments. I also really like the shortened version of how to show the process, which really focuses on understanding of place value in the algorithm.

Kate Hill
8 months ago

I thought it was really interesting to see that ‘short’ version of dividing! I will definitely be showing that to my students. Also, it was helpful to know that using the same divisor allows for those deeper connections.

Thomas Adu Kwabena Bempah

It is very useful in the teaching and learning process, and more examples generated in different ways makes learners active with interest for the lesson

Stephen Attakorah
6 months ago

After going through the various engagements, I now advocate teaching long division in a manner that students/pupils can tackle every long division without fear or panic using several/individual steps. Interesting engagements so far and very glad it has impacted on my life as a mathematics teacher.

STEPHEN EHIEKPOR
STEPHEN EHIEKPOR
6 months ago

I realized that when you’re dividing with a divisor being 10, you can just delete the zero from the dividend and just think about how many tens are there in the dividend which will then be the quotient.

Martin Ako
6 months ago

I learnt so much about contrast and variations and how learners can be engaged to discern differences.
My questions however, is that does these concepts work with all mathematical concepts in elementary school?

Augustine Asamoah
6 months ago

I have become more abreast with the various terminologies associated with division including dividend, divisor, etc and the various ways that learners could be assisted to work out long divisions from varied approaches.

Eugene Selorm Boni
6 months ago

With this i can now help my learners to do long division with ease using multiple approach.
Thanks

Miriam Akua Hagan
6 months ago

I have learnt that solving example with two different method helps the child to understand it better.

Benbella Akuffo Asare
Benbella Akuffo Asare
5 months ago

Focusing on critical discernment help in grasping the lesson more easier. Giving appropriate examples also is a good way of helping kids understand lessons better

Kiera Christiansen
5 months ago

I realized how important it is for the timely transposition of example questions or problems to fully understand the number sense behind questions.

Juleta Severson-Baker
5 months ago

I remembered how often I get antsy when teaching and want to jump ahead, or point out the next critical discernment, and the next, without giving students enough time to engage with each one by juxtaposing examples where one variable changes enough.

FREDERICK SETH ADU
5 months ago

Very insightful

FREDERICK SETH ADU
5 months ago

Infact I have gotten two good steps in teaching my students long division with ease using the long and short form in dividing

David Dotse
David Dotse
5 months ago

I realised contrast helps learners to gain better conceptual understanding.

Pamela Larcher
4 months ago

Looking at the example with cards (like a deck) that broke down the groups into base ten blocks (visual)was a great idea…I use the base ten blocks but having cards simplifies the visual and can be easily added and taken away as a group (without the physical distraction of the actual manipulative)…students (and teachers) sometimes get muddled with large groups of actual manipulatives…the card visual offers another aid (for demonstration anyway;))
I also have used the short division, even in younger grades…some students seem to prefer less steps.

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