"Super" Short Cut Division Method

We're doing division and my 10 year old hates writing. Long division problems require too much writing (in his view).

But, my son is also pretty good about computing in his head, alhamdulillah.

In anticipation of teaching division, I  had googled a few months ago to see if there was some sort of shortcut because I anticipated some frustration for us.

And I found a great video. No messy long lines of long division!

As the video presenter mentioned in the video, this method works best for students who can do math mentally in their head without getting too confused and who know their math facts well. We've got the first part covered pretty well (most of the time) and we'll use a multiplication table, in sha Allah since he hasn't memorized the multiplication and division facts.

I introduced this method today. After doing a few problems, I did one problem two ways--the first with traditional long division, and the second, with this method.  Then I asked my son which way he preferred and he chose the second, quicker way and we did 5 or so problems using this method (that's about all his attention span would allow for because we had already did some simple division problems right before). But, I'm happy to say, no frustration and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this new method. It cuts down drastically on the amount of writing necessary and at this point, that makes a big difference for us.

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