Today we moved into subtracting fractions with unlike denominators using models. There isn't much to share. The classes moved through this flawlessly! The process is exactly the same, so there was no frustration.
I do have students who are using the traditional method as well. I encourage students to use the method that they are most comfortable with, however, they must be able to explain to me how it works and be successful in finding the correct answer. This was important today, because I had students who felt that they didn't have to keep the fractions in the same order I had them. It was an eye opener to them that when you subtract, ORDER MATTERS, yes, even with fractional numbers!