Name: Mike B.
Is there a simple mnemonic for me to teach children the
basics of division? I know the one for order of operations! Any
information would be appreciated.
I do 'oknow of a simple mnemonic. Order of operations is a human
invention. The order is chosen by mathematicians out of convenience.
Division is not the same. Division is based on reality, real life
experience. If you take 3/4 of a cup of water and divide it evenly among
three glasses, each glass really does contain 1/4 of a cup. Twenty-five
marbles divided evenly among five students truly does leave each student
with five marbles. Perhaps the reality of division would be useful. You
might even want to try a few class-participation experiments or take-home
projects. Seeing something like division happen in your own hands can be
very helpful in learning how it works.
Dr. Ken Mellendorf
Illinois Central College
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