Melissa Enderle wrote: > > 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 > Melissaenderle
I give students a straight edge made of posterboard when I can. When
measuring is involved, I pass out the rulers and cringe. I buy the
cheap $.33 ones every year. They are plastic. If students bend the
metal ones they don't seem to bend back into shape later. The plastic,
cheap ones are flimsy. It seems like I threaten also!!!