tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post8100446506064294494..comments2017-08-08T18:51:20.293-05:00Comments on Math Without Tears: Teaching division of fractionsConcerned Teacherhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06758529063793725123noreply@blogger.comBlogger12125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-79595793645560317852016-04-28T20:17:28.868-05:002016-04-28T20:17:28.868-05:00I am a high school math teacher (22 years and coun...I am a high school math teacher (22 years and counting) and have been faced with the reality that most students do not UNDERSTAND fractions and don't know why the "tricks" work. I am currently teaching a class of 9th graders who are at a fourth through sixth grade level. <br />I am faced with teaching elementary topics to teenagers. This is challenging and has made me look at my practice completely differently. The first half of every class is now a hands on activity involving the topic at hand (dividing fractions in this post). At the same time I have to make sure that I'm not talking down to these students, just because their math level is at the fifth grade they are not fifth graders.<br />This is how I have been teaching division to them and have done some research and found a good and pretty straight forward way to tackle the harder problems ( 2/5 divided by 1/7 for instance). How many groups of 1/7 are in 2/5? It's actually the same concept as when you want to combine fractions using addition or subtraction, make the parts the same size, get a common denominator!<br />2/5 and 1/7 have a common denominator of 35. 2/5 is equivalent to 14/35 and 1/7 is equivalent to 5/35. (how many 5/35 are in 14/35?) 14/35 divided by 5/35 is 14/5 or 2 4/5.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-50925814286443912332015-12-31T05:23:45.417-06:002015-12-31T05:23:45.417-06:00Me too....am so glad you chose to share this piece...Me too....am so glad you chose to share this piece of information. Many many thanks to you.<br /><br />This rewording is excellent. I have the montessori fraction material for my child, however, I was still struggling a bit on introducing the skittles - may be because I haven't done a course either.<br /><br />But this method is just about RIGHT for me. For instance I can easily ask how many 1/4 ths are there in a 1/2. And, the child can easily get the point that it will be 2.<br /><br />Vasundhara Venkatasubramanianhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15719211310330160453noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-14138441231194241272014-09-16T18:54:30.062-05:002014-09-16T18:54:30.062-05:00I have been looking for an easy way I could explai...I have been looking for an easy way I could explain division of fractions. I am so glad I came across this. I feel confident when I teach my kids this week, they will understand. THANK YOU!!!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-13342297554638142432014-03-18T16:49:44.600-05:002014-03-18T16:49:44.600-05:00I like the explanation and I "get" it; h...I like the explanation and I "get" it; however, not all problems would be solved so easily in one's head. I see that 1/2 divided by 1/4 (reworded as how many 1/4th are in 1/2) is clearly 2; however, when physically can't use manipulatives or drawings to "see" it, how do you solve for it?Melissahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00768456993104417753noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-47622817182819516752014-02-06T02:23:31.047-06:002014-02-06T02:23:31.047-06:00Thank you so very much. Your explanation is simple...Thank you so very much. Your explanation is simple and direct and has made such a difference for me. I am now eager to enter the classroom and teach division of fractions. Thank you, thank you and may God bless you tremendouslyKernel Younghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17207499634092336295noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-6881948100491307162014-01-28T19:17:58.921-06:002014-01-28T19:17:58.921-06:00This is a great way to explain division of fractio...This is a great way to explain division of fractions. So clear and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing!!!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-26469253342111384612013-04-29T11:14:20.280-05:002013-04-29T11:14:20.280-05:00Thank you from a homeschooling mother whose 5th gr...Thank you from a homeschooling mother whose 5th grader WAS in tears over division of fractions. Teaching her rewording of the problem helped so much! Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-25033124278901503132013-02-08T07:48:22.737-06:002013-02-08T07:48:22.737-06:00THANK YOU! I am getting ready to teach division o...THANK YOU! I am getting ready to teach division of fractions to my high math kids and I was having such a hard time understanding MYSELF the difference between dividing by 1/2 and multiplying (which is really dividing something in half.) I had just been taught the rule and asked not to question it! I knew my kids would need more of an explanation than that! It is so clear to me now!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-18992647096243979662012-12-16T13:22:09.248-06:002012-12-16T13:22:09.248-06:00I am a new teacher and have been looking for the e...I am a new teacher and have been looking for the easiest way to explain dividing fractions. This is so simple! Thank you!Ashley McCaslinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07333016699757004773noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-3549409089255379002012-01-29T20:00:48.382-06:002012-01-29T20:00:48.382-06:00I only recently began teaching math and this is th...I only recently began teaching math and this is the simplest I've ever seen division of fractions explained. Thank you soo much!!!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-50652996925241860312011-05-21T11:31:12.908-05:002011-05-21T11:31:12.908-05:00I have been teaching division of fractions for yea...I have been teaching division of fractions for years and could never find a way to explain it satisfactorily. When I asked the math gurus they reverted to complicated algorithms but ended up tripping over their own explanations when trying to apply it.<br />Thank you. Thank you.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5324120177673194522.post-29580464541456604592009-06-30T05:50:45.909-05:002009-06-30T05:50:45.909-05:00thanks you explain it wellthanks you explain it wellAnonymousnoreply@blogger.com