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After 25 years I have come to the conclusion that some of us do not know
how or never will learn to use a ruler. It must be in the genes. This may
be radical and to the far left, but I believe that some on us can see
the fractions and some of us can't. It seems similar to people who can
read a map and others who can't. How many of us know someone who can never
figure out which way is north? I MEAN NEVER.
It doesn't matter how many times they are taught how to use them all the
way through school, they don't get it and their stress level goes way up
when you bring a ruler out. I have seen it a million times.
I always tell my students that the ruler is their friend and if they have
trouble so does a good portion of the adults in this world. It has nothing
to do with whether they are smart or not. Lots of people are just plain
afraid of rulers and measuring. Then I go around and help by marking the
spot on the ruler for the really
I always do a unit that needs a ruler. I have this little kernel of
PollyAnna hope the repetition may someday make it sink in.