I taught my year 7 class today and had the most wonderful time. I really love my year 7s, they’re so enthusiastic. So far this year we’ve done place value, rounding, four operations (with natural numbers and decimals), powers, roots and primes, negative numbers, order of operations, fractions (including four operations) and are early into our unit on percentages. Today it was common FDP conversions (quarters, eighths, fifths, thirds, ninths, etc).
We looked at 1/3 and 2/3, which led us to the fact that 0.999999….. = 3/3, which is, of course, 1. I love teaching this fact, I tell them I’m about to blow their minds, and when I show them the initial reaction is always something like, “but it can’t be 1, it’s less than 1″. Continue reading “Adventures in Mastery 5: Making Connections”