The group choosing correct answer B was asked for the reasoning last, thinking that thatmight give away the answer to the class. What followed was truly surprising.Child 1 (The very first child who was questioned among those who chose B as theanswer): “When we convert 11/4 into a mixed fraction, it becomes 2 ¾. So they are thesame.”[
At this point the class was asked if the students agree that 11/4 can be written as 2 ¾.Most students agreed. However,on being asked if they also agree that that they have the same value, only a few students said yes
.]Child 1 (continuing): “So, if wecut off the 4 from the denominator (of 2 ¾), we have 2and 3 left. So 11/4 is between 2 and 3.”At this point, one girl was very keen to say something. When called upon, she said:Child 2: “We cancut off the 2 (of 2 ¾), and then 3 and 4 remainand so we can say that itis between 3 and 4.”
[The interviewer was not sure whether she was trying to prove that ‘cutting off’ is wrong or now believed this to be the actual reason for selecting option C – on being asked it turned out to be the latter!]
On being asked if anyone had a different reason for selecting B, some kids were raisingtheir hands. One boy responded.Child 3: “Till2 ¾ it is correct, but when you cut off 4 it is wrong, 2 ¾ means it is between 2 and 3, cutting off 4 is not proper.”Interviewer: He has taken 11/4 as 2 ¾, does 11/4 mean the same as 2 ¾?All students agreed to this now.At this point, the class was asked to think about what quantity 2 ¾ represents – that is if they have 2 ¾ apples, how much is that. On taking a head count again on responses it wasfound that now: A. 2,B. 15, C. 6,D. 11.
So, the whole discussion had only convinced 4 students that 2 ¾ was between 2 and 3.[
At the end of the class, the discussion led once again to this (while discussing whether a fraction represents one quantity or 2). By having a students show ‘2 ¾ dosas’ pictoriallyon the board and than being prompted to think about whether 2 ¾ means ‘2 and a littlemore’, ‘3 and a little more’ or ’11 and a little more’, many students finally said it is 2 and a little more and therefore the answer is B.]
………………………………………………………………………………………………Question 2. (from round 11 ASSET paper – which this class took)