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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

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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