Salivating for Fractions

I was reading this article today about how people are using YouTube videos to learn. This is another great example of using technology to push the boundaries of education and learning.

I decided to play around a bit for myself and found a video of a guy explaining how to use food when teaching fractions. But he wasn't using food. He was using notepaper and had drawings of a pizza and a loaf of bread on his notesheet. What's that all about? I mean, if you're going to make a video about using food to teach math, doesn't it makes sense to use real food?

This site is all about freedom and fun so of course I recommend using real food. Real food is much more fun, whether it's used for fractions or for food fights. (And every homeschooling family should be having food fights.) Can you imagine having a food fight using drawings of food? That would certainly have changed that scene in Animal House. Really now, get the real stuff and have some fun.

If you don't I'll have to put you on double-secret probation.

But a word of warning based on experience: If you use real food, it's possible that for the rest of your life, you'll be like Pavlov's Dog and salivate every time you look at a written fraction.

Which can be really embarrassing on a field trip to visit a stock market.

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