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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Munchkin Man: [QB] Hey Mr. Bdgee: Here is an activity the Munchkin Man used to give to his students once a year. The Munchkin Man begins the class period by asking a student volunteer to call out any one-digit number besides zero. The Munchkin Man writes that one-digit number on the board. Then the Munchkin Man asks 4 more students to take turns calling out 4 more one-digit numbers. This time the digits CAN be zero. The Munchkin Man writes these 4 digits on the board after the 1st one. The result is a 5-digit number that does not begin with zero. Then the Munchkin Man pauses. The Munchkin Man asks a student to call out another one-digit number besides zero. The Munchkin Man writes this digit on the board after an empty space following the previous and 5th digit. Then the Munchkin Man asks 9 more student volunteers to call out 9 more one-digit numbers. This time the digits CAN be zero. The Munchkin Man writes these 9 digits on the board after the 6th one. The result is a separate 10-digit number that does not begin with zero. Can you see where this is going? Let's see how well you know the Munchkin Man. The Munchkin Man would then draw a long division box between the 5th and the 6th digit. The result was a long division problem with a 5-digit divisor and a 10-digit dividend. This was the Munchkin Man's classwork assignment for that day. The students were also required to check their answer by multiplying the divisor by the dividend and then adding the remainder to the product. Students were allowed to finish this assignment for homework. Each and every single long division step had to be shown neatly and in detail. Each and every multiplication row in the "check" had to be shown neatly and in detail as well. This assignment was graded. Calculators were not allowed. This was during a bygone era when calculators were not yet allowed in the Munchkin Man's school. What do you think of this assignment? A lot of modern educators would say it is abusive, irrelevent, pointless, and all sorts of other things. Some would even say it is sadistic. The Munchkin Man says it is none of the above. The Munchkin Man says it is an excellent exercise for the brain. The Munchkin Man believes that the primary goal of education is to develop and strengthen the mind. Long division problems such as the Munchkin Man just described do exactly that. They challenge the student to think and compute with absolute precision at each and every step until the final answer is achieved. Before the age of calculators, many of the Munchkin Man's students used to enjoy these types of assignments. Some of them would come into the Munchkin Man's classroom with several pages full of long division, boasting and beaming proudly that they got the answer. This is only one way that the Munchkin Man would promote the appreciation of the beauty of arithmetic for his students. These students were proud of themselves. The Munchkin Man was proud of these students. The Munchkin Man was proud to be a math teacher. _____________________ Very Sincerely, Munchkin Man [/QB][/QUOTE]
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