Teacher2Teacher Q&A #221

Teaching dividing fractions

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 View entire discussion [next>>] ``` From: Dorcas Wong To: Teacher2Teacher Service Date: Apr 18, 1998 at 10:30:36 Subject: Teaching dividing fractions ``` ```I'm a grade 7 teacher of Gifted students in Toronto. We've recently been working on fractions and we were learning to divide and multiply fractions. Although we know the "method" I am always trying to have the students understand the concepts and see where the "method" is derived. When we came to explaining dividing fractions, I could not draw diagrams or explain why we multiply by the reciprocal of the divisor. I've read several different math textbooks but am still unable to explain the logic. I think part of the problem is that I don't clearly understand the concept behind the difference between multiplying and dividing fractions. I'm wondering if you could give me some tips as well as some suggestions on how I can explain these concept to my class. Thanks, Dorcas ```

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