Opposite Day Helps Clark Students Learn About Negative Numbers

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 In the picture above Rocky Azari plays the role of the teacher and invited Vincent Negri to participate in answering the question about integers. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

In the picture above Rocky Azari plays the role of the teacher and invited Vincent Negri to participate in answering the question about integers. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — As students in entered the classroom in Carl H. Kumpf Middle School, math teacher Krista Chapman exclaimed, “Today is not opposite day!” Students quickly caught on that by saying it was not opposite day,Chapman was actually telling the students that it was opposite day, at least in math class.

Students performed the warm up speaking only in opposites and were curious why today was declared opposite day by  Chapman. As the lesson continued, Chapman explained that numbers, like words, always have opposites. Throughout the day students learned about integers and practiced finding the opposites of both positive and negative numbers.

As the lesson continued students were asked to answer questions about integers and opposites of numbers. Since it was opposite day,  Chapman allowed students to play the role of the teacher during the questions. Once selected, the student came up to the smart board and read the question. After all students responded, the student teacher explained the correct answer to anyone who didn’t understand.


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