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When I was in the 5th grade we learned fractions. I understood very well how the worked, and I got all the answers right, but I didn't have the patience to go through all the steps and write them down. I looked at the problem, figured it out almost intuitively, and wrote down the right answer.
Just by luck...
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Best answer: When I was in the 5th grade we learned fractions. I understood very well how the worked, and I got all the answers right, but I didn't have the patience to go through all the steps and write them down. I looked at the problem, figured it out almost intuitively, and wrote down the right answer.
Just by luck I had a very good teacher. She sat me down after class and gave me a two or three problems which I solved right away. She said 'You know, these are easy problems. We're just beginning to learn about fractions so the problems are easy. Later they'll be harder and you won't be able to do them in your head. Do you think you'll be ABLE to do them step-by-step when you need to?" And actually, that made me think.
The old joke is that in math today, the idea is to know what you're doing, how the numbers work, NOT to get the right answer. 8^) A teacher doesn't want you to just spit out the right answer, he or she wants to see how you got there.
Also, if you do get the wrong answer, the teacher can give you partial credit if you were on the right track. If you answer wrong without showing your work, it's just -wrong-, you lose.
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