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Long Division Sucks

Yesterday, school was derailed by long division. Stuntman knew how to do it, and I knew he knew how to do it, but he didn’t know he knew how to do it. And I could see that the 3 problems the math book assigned him each day were not reinforcing his skill set, but were just … making him feel like he was dealing with a new concept each day. Yesterday, I assigned 4 extra problems, and though the first 3 had taken almost an hour, and the fourth one had taken about that long due to his protests, I held firm, and the last three took about 10 minutes. The boy now knows how to do long division, and more importantly, he knows he knows.

It’s a good thing I like math.

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