Tag Archives: integers

Top 20 Math Posts and Pages in 2012

I blog in order to organise what I think. And I don’t think I’m succeeding judging from the range of topics that I have so far written since I started Math for Teaching blog in 2010. Here’s the twenty most popular math posts and pages in this blog for the year 2012. It’s a mix… Read More »

Which is easier to teach and understand – fractions or negative numbers?

Which concept is easier for students to understand and perform operations on, numbers in fraction form or negative numbers? I think fractions may be harder to work with, but people understand what it is; at least, as an expression to describe a quantity that is a part of a whole. Like the counting numbers, fractions came… Read More »

Introducing negative numbers

One of the ways to help students to make connections among concepts is to give them problem solving tasks that have many correct solutions or answers. Another way is to make sure that the solutions to the problems involve many previously learned concepts. This is what makes a piece of knowledge powerful. Most important of… Read More »

Pedagogical Content Knowledge Map for Integers

I’m working with a group of Year 7 mathematics teachers doing Lesson Study for the first time. The teachers chose to do a lesson study for what they believe to be the most difficult topic in this year level – integers. Part of my preparation as facilitator is to draw a map of what I… Read More »

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