Tag Archives: teaching integers

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 »

Patterns in the tables of integers

Mathematics is said to be the science of patterns. Activities that involve pattern searching is a great way to engage students in mathematical thinking. Here are some of my favorites for teaching positive and negative integers. If you are wondering why most of my posts are about integers it’s because I’m doing a Lesson Study… 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 »

Teaching positive and negative numbers

A popular approach for teaching numbers is to use it to describe a property of an object or a set of object. For example, numbers are used to describe the amount or quantity of fruits in a basket. In introducing integers, teachers and textbooks presents integers as a set of numbers that can be used… Read More »

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