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Rulers - more than just for spinning or hitting?

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Mon, 21 Apr 97 20:09:43 -0500

I have a question for you all. I have noticed that kids, regardless of
age, do not know how to use the ruler. I found this to be the case even
when I was student teaching at the high school level. The kids don't seem
to have a clue of where the markings are (especially 1/2, 1/4, etc.) and
often want to start at the "1" and not at the end of the ruler at "0".
The regular 6th grade teachers were glad that I made the students measure
and draw lines accurately. For some, even some of my "good" students, it
was torture.
Have any of you noticed this? Has ruler skills drifted away as a lost
art? What do you do when projects require a ruler (besides reminding
students that they aren't for spinning on a pencil or for hitting)??

Melissa Enderle

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