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From: Denise Gilbert <denise.a.gilbert@verizon.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2002022720:33:11
Subject: Re: math 4th grade fractions

It is commen for children to latch on to the precise way that she or
he was taught, and to think that it's the "only" way.  It could simply
be territorial.  The child may wish to own the school domain.  If
that's the case, I would say let go, and let the teacher manage the
math concepts. 
Another possibility is to teach the child that one of the joys of
math...is that there are in fact many ways to get to correct answers. 
Good mathematicians experiment!  If the child is assured that you
understand that your teacher has a certain way to show the concept;
and that your way may work too, this may satisfy your grandchild. 
S/he'll have two or more ways to solve a problem, and can use the way
that works best for him or her.  
Also...communicate directly with the teacher for some help, she or he
will probably be happy to advise!    

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