STEM EDUCATIONAL METHOD GOES A STEP FURTHER
On any given day, students in Wake County and throughout North Carolina work on the same math problems. The Common Core State Standards provide an across-the-board curriculum. On a recent day at Lincoln Heights Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, fourth-grade teacher Sophie Dudding and her students worked on fractions.
For about 20 minutes, Dudding walked students through a critical-thinking process. Students chose to use cross multiplication and division to test if fraction strips were the most efficient and best way to solve the problem.
“It was a lot easier,” said 9-year-old Katie Bush. “If we divided it, it would have taken longer. When you drew it out, it was easier to see and figure out.”