Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Multiplying Mixed Numbers - Section 3: Skill Based Practice

As our math problems continue to become more dense and demanding, students have to really plug away through many steps to get to an answer.  I think it is important to balance skill based practice with problem solving practice.

Skill based problems eliminate the challenge of determining what operation to use to solve a problem. However, that is the true test of understanding.  Today, I started with problem solving and then moved into skill based practice. A bit of a switch from the normal routine.

While reflecting on the lesson, I first felt discouraged by some students' stubbornness to continuously rely on an incorrect strategy to get the (wrong) answer.

After some deeper thought, I realized that the true test is problem solving, and I was very pleased with the performance on the first 3 warm-up problems because overall my students knew when to add and when to multiply fractions.

I will provide more practice and support for the skill based problems.  They need more practice.  But I am please with the fact that they were able to make the right choice as to which operation to choose. This goes to show they are taking time to make sense of problems.

Problem Solving is the true test...
Problem-based Approaches: Problem solving is the true test...

Multiplying Mixed Numbers

Unit 4: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
Lesson 6 of 13

Big Idea: Students apply many skills as solving problems with fractions become more complex.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Fractions, mixed numbers, multiplying fractions, Critical Area
40 minutes

Julie Kelley

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