My hands were full of groceries as I walked back from the store. I noticed this math worksheet in Spanish on the side of the street, and I brought it home.

Anyway, are there mistakes here? Do they reflect on the student’s understanding, or is her understanding fine? Does this student need help?

 

  • I would imagine three issues would have to be addressed:
    1. Showing work (I am going off of the assumption that the student was supposed to be practicing long multiplication instead of just using a calculator).
    2. The proper notation for commas separating place values. The student seems to think that the comma always come after the first number in the answer. I’m not an elementary teacher, but I have never seen this type of error. Very unique.
    3. Not leaving their homework on the street for any random math teacher to find.

  • This student is obviously using a calculator or copying a key.