Dividing Fractions: Reconciling Self-Generated Solutions with Algorithmic Answers
February 2005, Volume 10, Issue 6, Page 278
This article illustrates students' efforts to resolve an apparent discrepancy between their self-generated solutions and the answer obtained using the division algorithm for fractions. The activity described in this article happened in a college classroom, but teachers will learn how to transfer this knowledge and ideology to the middle school classroom to help students explore the division of fractions.
Cross-Content (Math Only) Connections
Fractions / Decimals / Percents / Rational Numbers
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Reasoning and Proof
Multiplication and Division