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  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    April 26, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Laura!

    Tough times indeed during emergency remote learning… especially for students who have struggled in the past.

    In this case, it would appear that this student is not grasping a conceptual understanding of area.

    For example:

    • could this student approximate how many “squares” (inch squares, centimetre squares, etc.) it would take to “cover” the triangle?
    • does he understand that the area of the triangle is half of the area of a rectangle with the same length and height of the triangle?
    • etc.?

    Just some thoughts on how one might go back to work on the conceptual piece as memorizing an algorithm is not going to help this student for very long.

    A set of visual prompts that might help you on Math Is Visual can be found here:

    http://mathisvisual.com/area-rectangle/

    What are your thoughts?