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Partial Quotients
Old 11-03-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Anyone have luck with teaching partial quotients? I'd love some tips, websites or activity suggestions
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Do you see any value in it?
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We are using a new math series this year (GO Math) because of CC standards, and this is the first I've ever seen a lesson on partial quotients. I don't understand why on earth someone would teach this. My kids know how to do long division. I am not going to confuse them by trying to teach partial quotients. Those of us that teach 5th grade in my building have decided to pick and choose which lessons we cover in this new math series. I realize there may be some problems on the state assessment that our kids might not get, but I believe in teaching kids the important skills they will use in life and not on some ridiculous test.
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I believe in teaching kids the important skills they will use in life and not on some ridiculous test.
Thank you!! I'm with you in caring more about kids real lives than their scores.


To answer the question for curiositity's sake, though, I think the "partial" methods (products too) are somehow supposed to be closer to how an advanced student would do the problem in his or her head.

I still wouldn't confuse kids already comfortable with a method, though.
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I thought it would confuse the kids too, but actually they were fine. Now that they have two strategies to use, sometimes the kids use long division, sometimes they use partial products. I figure it is just another strategy they have under their belt.

As for resources, I found the Learn Zillion video to be particularly helpful.
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Old 11-11-2014, 12:22 PM
 
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I think partial quotients makes so much sense. It's something I do naturally (or was taught to me by my HS math teacher who was awesome but I just don't remember her doing it) in my head, but I think all the websites and activities in the world won't help you unless you embrace the method as legitimate.

I'd watch the Khan Academy videos or the Learn Zillion videos and practice yourself until you are completely comfortable with the method. Once you are, teaching it will be as natural as teaching the traditional algorithm. The traditional algorithm is no more instinctive than the partial quotient method; it's just familiar.


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Taught partial quotients a couple weeks ago and loved it. It makes a lot of sense to me to use what you know (mental math) to solve what you don't know (long division). The toughest part was a couple parents' attitude of "that's not how I was taught to do long division". My kids really seemed to grasp it and did really well on using area models for long division, too.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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I've had great success with it for about a decade. It makes so much more sense and kids who aren't real good with facts can be successful. It also leads well to mental math strengthens number sense which are more useful in life.
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this weekend
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Just this weekend, my teacher friend who lives out-of-state and is a SPED teacher was talking about this very same issue with me. She was wondering the benefits of it for her particular population. I'll pass on the information about Khan Academy and Learn Zillon to her.

Thanks!
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I'm a sped teacher and as I stated above like it. I ties in very well to pictur based strategies which many of my students gravitate to for anything. I then transition the students to use base 10 models and eventually the pictures mirror partial products strategies.
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I agree...
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I totally agree the more strstegies a student has been exposed to the better!


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