# 56÷4

Marilyn Burns ( @mburnsmath ) posted an interesting example of how one child divided 56 by 4.

It just so happens that I’ve a whole collection of different ways pupils tackled this very question and got the correct answer.  (There’s one incorrect answer, but it’s another interesting method.)  ((PS  Everyone has been far too polite to point out this is complete nonsense – Marilyn’s example is actually 56÷14 rather than 56÷4, but I should have spotted that some time ago.  My apologies.))

### 3 responses

1. Thanks for sharing! I love that there are so many good ways to get the answer.
I can’t see Amil’s method. Perhaps it was the same as mine: 56 ÷ 4 = 7 x 8 ÷ 4 = 7 x 2 = 14.

2. Who knows! Amii’s there as an example that some children can work questions without recording any stages – I’ve got a pupil at the moment who insists on doing three-digit by three-digit multiplications mentally. He understands everything perfectly, and invariably gets them wrong because he loses track when he’s 90% through. It’s very frustrating!

1. My apologies for misspelling Amii’s name. Anyway, that’s exactly how I would do it mentally. 56 ÷ 4 = 14.