Hundreds, Tens & Units
So Sweet Counter was born. As soon as I started using these quickly cut out jars, boxes and units for HTU’s (hundreds, tens and units), the children drew 10 sweets but wrote 1 ten. Within about 20 minutes I realized that children were starting to understand the concept as their EYES LIT UP.
This is a HUGE message for all teachers.
EYES ARE THE WINDOW OF UNDERSTANDING.
If you ask a child if they understand something, they will nearly always say yes, even if they have no idea. If you then say, ‘but you don’t really do you?’ they will admit that they do not.
When marking and children get sums wrong, always try and see WHY they get them wrong. There will always be patterns in children’s errors. Look out for them and try to find a visual way of putting these concept across.