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(I actually wrote this post a couple of days ago, when my internet connection was down!). Ben's half-brother is visiting for Memorial Day Weekend. It's always wonderful when Colin comes; in spite of their size difference (Colin, who is 16 and about 6'2", is more than a foot taller than Ben) there is a lot that they can do together; watch movies, play Nintendo, play basketball. But, of course, learning still has to go on, and last night I insisted that Ben had to get some long division practice in. He knows the long division algorithm, and a few months ago I taught him how to divide by decimals. So now I am trying to get Ben to overlearn decimal long division, and the best way to do that is to get him to practice it. So I handed him a sheet of paper with some long division problems on it and asked him to do them. He did them too fast -- too eager to get back to Colin and the Nintendo game -- and got most of them wrong. Not surprising, perhaps, but I'm looking for his long division skills to be so automatic that he can do them when most of his conscious attention is elsewhere. I want long division to be a no-brainer for him, literally. It should be in his fingers. He did the problems over again this morning; I stood looking over his shoulder to try to figure out what had gone wrong the night before. I was surprised at how good he actually is at the long division algorithm. He is, in fact, working out the few bugs left before he achieves mastery, and the distraction of Colin's presence had driven them out into the light. If your kid is at or near the mastery point in long division, here are a few problems to look out for, and some sample problems that might help diagnose them.
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