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From: Debra

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2005063002:45:07
Subject: techniques to help student stay orderly when borrowing in subtraction

Both my daughter and I have difficulty with keeping our math problems orderly. this seems to be more of a problem with subtraction rather than multiplication. Any one know why? My daughter (entering grade 5) understands the concept of borrowing.It seems that the visual disorder created by crossing out numbers when borrowing creates some processing problems. We both lose our train of thought when borrowing I tried two things that help keep the place values aligned: 1)graph paper 2)and using regular lined paper rotated so the lines run vertically. I would also greatly appreciate LD/ADD type strategies for learning arithmatic. I've learned alot from the posts. Thank you very much.

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