**despise**the multiplication symbol x!? I would like to start a movement to ban it

**forever**.

*(I even change any multiplication x on posters hanging in my room to either the dot or parentheses!)*I think that when students first learn about multiplication they should be introduced to the dot, not the x. The problem is in my classroom, x is a variable NOT a multiplication symbol. It takes

**all**105 of my students to stop using the x.

*(Phasing out the dot is another story...)*

Another issue I find it that my students don't know all the ways to show multiplication and division. The multiplication dot and the typical division symbol

*(the line and two dots)*are

Page 6 will be some practice problems on evaluating expressions.

Totally agree with you Katie! I am teaching 6th grade this year (after being 8th grade/Algebra for 8yrs) and it is such a struggle--those darn elementary teachers, totally Just Kidding there. Another movement to start is killing of the r for remainder. Just have the kids use fractions from the start. Ughhh! Good luck, TheDoughGirl

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