Nothing mind blowing today. We went back to school after a 3 week break and spent a lot of time reviewing. It is amazing how much knowledge can leak out of a brain after 3 weeks of vacation.
Anyway, we set out to tackle fractions....simplifying fractions to be specific. I thought I would share with you the little "trick" I use to teach the kids how to do it. You see, when *I* was in school, the teacher just said to find the number that they both had in common and divide. If it could be divided again, do it again. So I was stuck with dividing my fraction by 2/2 several times before it was as reduced as possible (oh yeah, they called it reducing back then too)
Now, I am pretty good at math (which, incidentally, is why I REALLY, REALLY hate teaching math...I was good at it and can't understand why *they* aren't....) And even with me being pretty good at it, I spent a great deal of time as a youngster trying to find the perfect number that would reduce the fraction down to the simplest form. It was agonizing.
So as a teacher, in an effort to combat this, I started teaching my students how to simplify like this.
What little tricks do you teach your students to help them with fractions?