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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Showing a student how to do division in the simpliest way

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From: Josh Myler <mylerj@fitchburg.k12.ma.us>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2012050916:09:07
Subject: The Value of Place Value

I also use partial quotients to transition students into the
traditional division algorithm.  One of the reasons that I really like
partial quotients is that it does a far better job of helping students
maintain the place value significance of each digit.  In the long
division algorithm, it seems to most students that the answer is
magic, that they just follow the steps.  They loose the sense of
whether an answer is reasonable. By always maintaining each digit in
its appropriate place, students are able to better track the
reasonableness of an answer.

Thanks,
Josh

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