Something to think about 3/4J as we learn about rounding.
Rounding is one of the worst things in the world to teach, right? It is classic every time. Mention rounding…kids sigh, teachers tense up and everyone’s brains feel muddled. It is HARD to understand rounding when you don’t have strong number sense.
I used to teach every trick under the sun for rounding. I tried the rounding mountain, I tried the rounding coaster. I even would break it down for kids and have them underline the place, circle the number next to it, check to see if it was 5 or higher. There were SO MANY problems. Kids couldn’t figure out the place value, where to start, what to change, what to look for or even what the number was in the end. A few students would understand it, and it would stay that way.
That was when I realized they weren’t understanding the concept behind the tricks. They…
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