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The Teaching of Arithmetic: The Work of the Fifth School Year


by David Eugene Smith - 1909

The Leading Mathematical Features: There should in this year be a thorough review of the fundamental operations with integers. This should be followed by the same operations with the common fractions and denominate numbers of business. Percentage may be begun, although in some places it is better to postpone this until the following year. Review: There is usually a new text-book begun in this grade, and this, if properly arranged, offers plenty of material for the review above mentioned, with numbers that are appropriately larger. Teachers should undertake this review in the spirit and for the reason suggested in section XIII. Number Space: This number space is now unlimited, but names beyond billion are of no particular- importance. Large numbers should always represent genuine American conditions. It is better to perform several operations on the ordinary numbers of daily life than to perform one on an absurdly long number; but on the other hand, reasonable attention to operations on large numbers that represent real business cases is to be commended.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 10 Number 1, 1909, p. 83-86
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10022, Date Accessed: 10/17/2019 7:10:41 PM

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