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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Front End Estimation

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From: Kathy April

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2002101810:12:53
Subject: Re:Front end estimation

I find I personally use estimation ALL the time in everyday life as a Mom. From estimating total spending during grocery shopping, to how much time a task may take including how far to travel and average amount of time to get there, (especially considering time of day), and even rough estimates of household budgets from week to week and month to month..... all of this can be done more efficiently when doing front end estimation. I know from real life experience that it is not only very practical in getting general ideas about calculations, but also winds up being very useful in daily life when it's not necessary nor practical to try to have EXACT calculations for everything. I believe that it serves as an excellent tool for busy people who are constantly multi-tasking and need to adjust and re-adjust calculations based on changing factors in any given situation... and any parent of multiple children knows what I am talking about!!!

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