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I felt good to get the correct answer to the problem but I am still
struggling with the word problem. Would this work?
Sarah had a bowl of apples. She cut the apples into four parts
(quarters). She ate seven (7/4) quarters for lunch. If seven
quarters represented 1/2 of the pieces of apples how many apples did
Sarah cut?
Sarah got her allowance for the week. She took seven quarters to
school to buy lunch. She took 1/2 of her allowance to school. How
many quarters did Sarah have in her allowance and how many dollars did
this represent?
Sharon from NJ
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> Still, regardless and the comparison aside, it is disconcerting that only 9
> out of 23 *adults* (never mind that they were teachers, and math teachers at
> that) could solve a simple problem like 1-3/4 divided by 1/2, nor be able to
> come up with a sample problem to illustrate it. What we're talking about
> here is a basic lack of understanding, and it is pervasive.
>and in some cases changing, assessment and
> standards, but we are rarely changing the one thing which needs to be
> changed most drastically - teacher education.
>
> So the ongoing process is the same old Band-Aid and modify: we try to adapt
> As the author of the article, Linda Seebach, states, "And when people try to
> tell you there's no crisis in American education, you can tell them they're
> dreaming." Denial, rationalizations and excuses *to and for OURSELVES* will
> not save our children.
> Lar
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