## Reflection: Real World Applications Holiday Stroll with Multiplication and Division - Section 3: Student debrief - Wrap up

I believe that students bring an intuitive knowledge of mathematics to school with them and that this knowledge should serve as the basis for developing formal mathematics instruction in elementary school. I believe strongly in assessing the processes that students use to solve problems which are the Common Core Math Practice Standards. I also believe that my instruction should be based on the relationship between computational skills and problem solving, which leads to an emphasis on problem solving in the classroom instead of the repetition of number facts (e.g., practicing the rules of addition and subtraction).  In today's lesson, I was reminded how important problem solving is.  For the past 6 lessons, I have been presenting different strategies to my students for how to divide. While these strategies are so important, and part of the Common Core content standards, I was reminded today that students have their own strategies that make sense to them.

I really wanted students to use the multiplication and division strategies we've practiced to solve the problems in this lesson. For the most part, most of my students did just that, but some of them used repeated addition, repeated subtraction, and invented strategies that used multiplication and repeated addition.  My students helped remind me today that problem solving is both MY goal as well as theirs. I want them to be problem solvers. Yes, I want them to know how to multiply and divide, but ultimately, I want them to be able to solve problems. I do believe that as they gain confidence in their multiplication and division skills, they will rely on those more than repeated addition, but for now I'm pleased with their progress, perseverance and their flexibility in thinking.

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# Holiday Stroll with Multiplication and Division

Unit 7: Division with Whole Numbers
Lesson 10 of 16

## Big Idea: Students use their multiplication and division skills to solve holiday themed problems.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, word problems, division, multiplication, holiday, Operations
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### Melissa Romano

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