How The Remainders And Division Problems Using Mathematical Skills Into The Real World

984 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
One important aspect of mathematics is interpreting the meaning of the numbers in the different operations. Van De Walle, Karp, Bay- Williams, (2013) emphasize the importance of developing meaning, interpretations, and relations to the four operations to help students integrate mathematical skills into the real world. For division, teachers should help students identify and use different meanings of remainders to help the learners understand and apply different rules. As students become knowledgeable of the different meanings that the remainder possesses they will be able to interpret the quotient in different ways. Throughout this paper, I will describe the different interpretations of the remainders and division problems using various examples. At the same time, I will identify some strategies to help students become more flexible with remainders.
Many students have a vast understanding of division as equal sharing. However, when they encounter leftovers, the pupils become puzzled on how to proceed with this odd number. Reys, Lindquist, Lambdin, & Smith, (2007), explained that students should not be strangers to the concept of remainders. The notion of leftovers should be introduced as soon as students become familiar with division. It is vital that students understand that remainders have five basic interpretation. To illustrate, students should be able to identify remainders as a leftover amount, a discarded amount, a fractional piece, a forced next whole number, and as…

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