# Math Negatives 04 Division also called Directed Numbers Mostly for Years/Grade 7, 8 and 9

Published January 17, 2021 49 Views

This is the 4th of my systematically numbered videos on 'Negative Numbers', which deal with how to do calculations using negative numbers.

Over my years of teaching I spend much time building student confidence with ‘negative numbers’, because so many people struggle with the concepts. I have continued to think 'How can I make this easier for students?'. These videos start very simple and progressively work through the basics and I keep reminding myself not to go too difficult too quickly.

By the way, many older students and adults still struggle with these concepts. I would love to hear from adults who were helped while watching these videos with their child. Maths is so easily 'lost' from the brain without use.

I recommend that students watch one of these short videos per day to give themselves time to consolidate the ideas. To start with, I take a slightly different approach, which I have especially found helpful for weaker students. I used to teach these concepts as ‘4 rules’, but for years, I have taught them as ‘1 rule’, and the difference in student response is massive. I also build repetition into the videos.
From my experience, the biggest secret is to watch each video 3 times across a week or more (which very few people do with anything, not just Maths). I have tried to make this easier by keeping these videos quite brief.

After 40 years of enjoyable and rewarding teaching, I still love and continue to teach. It still amazes me how I continue to still think of better ways of teaching mathematical concepts and I also continue to discover methods of explaining things that help students 'better' understand and become more successful at remembering the concepts.

A word of warning from what I have repeatedly seen over the years - most of my videos are placed in a logical or reasonably sequential order and if you watch the first or second video in a playlist and feel comfortable with the concepts, please go to the last video in the playlist to check if you really are okay. Each video in a playlist usually becomes progressively more complex and the 'latter' or 'last' video will often contain common assessment questions where students are known to make errors.

I also often include some revision / consolidation / mixture videos in the playlist which I know are crucial to assist with student success in assessments.

I hope that you find this very helpful and a blessing in your studies.