It's never too late to learn new things.
As a new Math Coach after over ten years in the classroom, teaching first, second, and fifth grades, I have learned so much about Math practices and concepts as I've supported teachers I've partnered with. Today, I learned a new way to simplify fractions.
All throughout my childhood and years of teaching, I've simplified fractions by dividing the numerator and denominator by the same number. Knowing my divisibility rules really helped. Today, while partnering with Alison Mui, fourth grade teacher at Fairmeadow Elementary School, I learned another way to simplify fractions. Mrs. Mui showed her students a video that demonstrated using factors of the numerator and denominator as a way to simplify fractions. Common factors of the numerator and denominator can be cancelled out and the remaining factors result in the fraction's simplest form. It was definitely a new way of simplifying fractions for me. As I worked out the exercises for myself while supporting the students in the room, I definitely had a sense of enjoyment in learning something new. What a true example of being a lifelong learner.
Have you learned this way of simplifying fractions?
Math & STEAM Coach / TOSA in Palo Alto Unified School District.