Some or even many students struggle with the inequality symbols. They simply cannot remember which symbol is less than or greater than. By the time they arrive at my class they have been exposed to the “alligator eats the bigger number” method but they have forgotten. I’ve found traction by using the dot method seen above. The student writes 1 dot for the smaller number and 2 dots for the larger then writes the segments. Try it.
Which is less than?