Over the years, I have seen young students struggle with the concept of place value. After all, one is one but three digits over, a one represents something very different. For many adults, we have forgotten how we learned place value because it was so long ago. For this reason, I have focused on place value. The article this week is about place value and will help you to remember why so many students struggle with this concept and provide you with a few tips to help suppport place value.

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It’s good to see that you are writing articles about teaching math with UNDERSTANDING, as opposed to just teaching kids to get “the right answers.”

It is even more powerful if you take more time to set up CONSTRUCTIVIST activities to have kids discover the ‘rules’ about how math works. Have a look at publications by Marilyn Burns, for example, and you will find that kids become far more interested in math when approached through inquiry. If we just tell kids how to get the right answer, eg., giving them the rule for ’rounding’ numbers, they can probably get the right answer, but they don’t know why it works! Try it! Your kids will like it!

well said, Denise, I agree 100%