In my support classes, I’m trying to focus on standards this year – helping students understand what a standard means, how to study to address a standard and what it looks like to meet standard. In my 7th grade support class, we’re working on integer operations.
In the past, I have used this Integer Foldable (from Everybody is a Genius) with some success. I still like it and I’ve had students add it to their notebooks, but I’m also trying to address a more conceptual understanding of what it means to add, subtract, multiply and divide with integers. We’ve been using integer chips and number lines and I’m starting to see a solid understanding in most of my students…. except for some division.
Why, oh, why is a negative divided by a negative positive??