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Real Life Fraction Problems

It’s hard to make sense of multiplication and division of fractions.   Before fractions, multiplication can almost always be seen as repeated addition, and the answer is never smaller than both the numbers you started with.   Division is usually sharing, and the number of cookies each child gets is always smaller than the total number of cookies (unless someone is selfishly dividing by 1 and not sharing with any of her friends).

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Responsible People Don’t Get Sick

When someone shares a syllabus with me, it’s usually to show me the course content, not the attendance policy, but these days I also think about the message the syllabus sends to students with chronic illnesses or medical crises.

That message is often, “Responsible people don’t get sick.”

When the syllabus says 100% attendance is expected or that after X absences students should drop the class, I ask instructors what happens when students have chronic illness or medical crises, and most make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.   They deal with such students compassionately and reasonably, but not according to what the syllabus says.

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