- When reducing fractions to simplest form:
- Find all whole numbers by dividing numerator by denominator. i.e. 5/5 = 1, and 8/4 =2.
- Find all halves, numerator half the denominator. i.e. 4/8 = 1/2
- Find all numerators that divide the denominators evenly. Divide, numerator is 1 quotient is new denominator. i.e. 3/12 = 12 ÷ 3 = 1/4.
- Find the GCF and divide.
- Divide numerator by denominator when determining a mixed number. The remainder is the amount left over original denominator. Simplify if necessary.

# The problem with math education …

… is that there is too much emphasis on content and not enough on skills.

Math explains the world around us — makes it comprehensible — and when it’s not comprehensible, when we don’t understand something in the world around us, math guides our discovery … it’s all about knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.

Math is the science of patterns; shouldn’t we emphasize pattern recognition deliberately and explicitly in our teaching? Isn’t that an important set of skills? Have I got this wrong?

From Darren Kuropatwa, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Retrieved from http://adifference.blogspot.com/

Absolutely right. Patterns and the relationships among patterns is what math is.

# Math is radical!

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