In my training, I was shown how to do the geometrical form of multiplication (see math album 1 on albums page.) A couple of months ago I had some students who were struggling with division using the Stamp Game. They were not struggling because they didn’t understand it. They just didn’t like using the materials – they thought it slowed them down. Yet, they were unable to do long division purely in the abstract. If these were 2nd graders, I would have simply insisted that they continue with the stamp game. However, these are students brand new to the Montessori setting in 4th grade. So I worked through the Stamp Game with them making sure they understood each step, querying them at the right moments. Once I was sure they understood the logic behind it, I introduced them to the Geometrical Form of Long Division. Maybe this is already out there, but I have not seen it. I created the following lesson using graph paper, green, blue, & red pencils.
Mrs. Mecham earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University. She has been at Heritage for the past 12 years and enjoys working with all of our scholars. As a Math Lab teacher, she encourages the scholars, and provides the opportunity for each one to receive the help needed to achieve success. In Club Fitness, she focuses on the positive aspects of smart choices for healthy living. She enjoys being adviser for our chapter of the National Honor Society, which enables scholars to have the opportunity to provide service and develop leadership skills. She feels her time spent advising Scholar Council in planning and carrying out social activities such as Homecoming and Prom is incredibly fun and rewarding. Her sincere hope is that all scholars will leave with fond memories of their time spent at Heritage.
"Power" is one of the key ingredients in your development toward Third Degree Brown Belt. If you have trained regularly and intelligently, and have followed the guidelines of the preceding journals, generating power at this level should come easily to you. Through the gradual stages of co-ordination, fluidity, and speed you should now be at a level where you can "concentrate" as well as "synchronise" your body, mind, and breath. Always remember, "Flow first, power later". Remember that it is not the aim of Kenpo to merely produce a skilful as well as powerful practitioner, but to create a well-integrated student respectful of all. The superconscious self is like a genie within you who, when called upon, performs beyond the limits placed upon your natural or normal self. This "power" may be used for the benefit or destruction of yourself and/or others. Always use discretion when expending power.