23 Strategies to Help Learners Who Have Trouble Solving Math Problems with Division

Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble solving math problems with division? If so, keep reading.

1. Provide the student with alternative math facts. As the student shows success, slowly introduce more components of the regular tasks.

2. Ask the student a question when they are most likely to be able to respond successfully.

3. Select a peer to model how to solve division problems for the student.

4. Provide information to the student on a one-to-one basis or use a peer tutor.

5. Create a math fact reference sheet for division for the student to use at their desk when solving math problems.

6. Talk about and give the student a list of words and phrases that usually indicate a division operation in word problems (e.g., into, share, each, average, quotient, half as many, etc.).

7. Assess the appropriateness of the task to ascertain (a) if the task is too easy, (b) if the task is too complicated, and (c) if the duration of time scheduled for the task is sufficient.

8. Give chances for the student to apply division facts in real-life situations (e.g., money, average duration of time it takes to do a job, etc.).

9. Provide the student several objects (e.g., one-inch cubes, plastic links, etc.) and have them divide them into groups.

10. Get the student to be a tutor and teach a concept they have learned to another student.

11. Find specific division problems the student fails to solve correctly. Target those problems for additional instruction, tutoring, and drill learning activities .

12. Get the student to check all math work. Praise the student for each error they correct.

13. Get the student to independently solve half their math problems each day. Let them use a calculator to solve the other half of the task as reinforcement.

14. Teach the student to divide the numbers of objects. Then have the student pair number symbols with the number of objects while solving the division problem. In the last step, the student divides without using objects.

15. Get the student to list all the skills appropriate to work a division problem (e.g., subtraction, multiplication, etc.).

16. Get the student to perform timed drills with division facts as reinforcement. The student “competes” against their own best time.

17. Get the student to practice the division tables each day with a peer using flash cards.

18. Get the student to solve math problems by manipulating objects and stating the process(es) involved.

19. Get the student to talk through math problems as they solve them to find errors they are making.

20. Get the student to use a calculator for drill of basic division facts.

21. Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.

22. Try gamifying your math lessons.

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