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…

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One popular way of introducing the negative numbers is through the number line. Most textbooks start with the whole number on the number line and then show to the students that the number is decreasing by 1. From there, the negative numbers are introduced. This seems to be something easy for students to understand but…

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In my earlier post on this topic, I discussed why teaching subtraction using the numberline is not helping most students to learn the concept. In this post I describe an alternative way to teaching operations with integers that would help students develop a conceptual understanding of the operation and engage their mind in algebraic thinking at…

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