When I began teaching undergraduates, I mainly taught mathematics methods courses for elementary education majors. Put simply, I taught future elementary teachers how to teach mathematics. For many elementary teachers, fractions is one of their least favorite topics to teach. For many elementary students, fractions is one of their least favorite topics to learn. So … Continue reading Fractions Part 1: They’re Complicated
Teachers typically emphasize two techniques (though there are certainly others) for solving systems of equations: substitution and elimination. The other day I asked my class of prospective middle and secondary teachers to explain why elimination works. I asked this because as I was sitting at my kitchen table that morning, My students were not able … Continue reading Why does elimination work?
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