Kids struggle with positive and negative numbers … that’s a given. But I’ve recently hit on a reliable way to eliminate the confusion … temperature. Using a temperature scale as a model for solving integer problems has several advantages: 1) It’s a system students already know from everyday life. 2) The relationships among positive temperatures, […]

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# How to factor out the GCF with stories

Real-life stories, related to algebraic procedures, can dramatically help students understanding both what the process is about, and how to do the process. Here I show how two real-life stories can help students master the steps required for factoring the GCF out of a polynomial.

# Dividing Fractions: from annoying to FUN!

Dividing fractions has always been an annoying process, with the need to re-copy the problem and use the reciprocal of the second fraction. Well, no more. With this student-friendly new approach, kids will start dividing fractions with fun, gusto, and accuracy. Check it out!

# Place Value Metaphor

During the summer I get to tutor a lot of elementary age students, remediating them on the basics. Almost invariably I find that these students are confused about PLACE VALUE, and considering how critical this concept is to all of math, I decided to write this post. Whenever I have the least suspicion that a […]