Reading Formulas can make or break how a student comprehends the formula when alone - outside the presence of the teacher, instructor, tutor, or parent.
Formula For Perimeter of Rectangle: P = 2l + 2w
How To Read: The Perimeter of a Rectangle is equal to two (2) times the Length of the longer side of the rectangle (L) plus two (2) times the Width of the shorter side of the rectangle (W).
When is reading formulas like this necessary? At three particular moments, reading this formula in this manner can be effective.
When students are initially learning what the formula means
When student are learning what it means when they should already know (remediation).
When students want to remind themselves (basics learning study skill habit)
Remember, Formulas at their introduction are complete statements or thoughts. Students cannot and will not recall complete thoughts or statements...
You might have heard of the following problem.
As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kitts. Kitts, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
This is a rather good problem and a rather old problem. In fact some of the hieroglyphics found on papyrus more than 3000 years old are believed to represent a very similar problem!
I think this problem, while amusing, is a little big ambiguous and slightly alarming. Is the toothed, clawed, furry and wild-haired army en route to St.Ives like the narrator or is the narrator passing them while they are in their their home? Can we
assume the man meets the army head on as they are returning from St.Ives? Is the man travelling with his entourage or is just meeting them on his way to St.Ives? What kind of person carries 7 cats and 49 kittens in a sack? What...
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