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Category Archives: Fact Fluency
Geometric Subitizing: A Different Kind of Number Talk
These Geometric Subitizing Cards have been in beta the past two years. I asked our buddy Joe Schwartz to take them for a test drive last spring and he reported back. Joe’s all in. How do they work? Let’s play… Last week I took them for … Continue reading
Not Your Mom’s Flashcards: Conceptual Understanding of Multiplication
What’s the purpose of flashcards? There’s 2 answers I frequently hear and only one I agree with. Answer 1: help kids know/memorize their facts Answer 2: help students build fluency through the automatization of strategy I know how Tracy and many … Continue reading
Posted in 35, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Games, Math Tools, Number Sense
Tagged 3rd grade, fact fluency, flash cards, fluency, multiplication, Steve Wyborney
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Subitizing to Foster Multiplicative Thinking
Learning basic facts through tricks or a mnemonic song lead students down a path of memorization, not understanding. I previously discussed the idea of conceptual development here. When students practice their multiplication facts, they’re expected to move from concrete to abstract … Continue reading
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Take a Math Trick and Make it Bleed
I hate math tricks and avoid them at all costs. Tina Cardone and many members of #MTBOS are huge advocates of conceptual learning which is how we became blessed with this gem. There’s no denying that students love tricks, especially the … Continue reading
Posted in 35, 68, Cheese Mover, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development, Teacher Content
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From Memory and Memorization: There IS a Difference
Question: If you memorize your basic math facts have you learned them? The term from memory is used twice in the K5 math standards (here & here) and they continue to be the most misunderstood words I encounter each day. The term “from memory” does not suggest that … Continue reading
On Your Marks. Get Set. Number Talks
I’ll start off by saying that I’m definitely not a Number Talks guru and over the past 4 years I’ve learned just enough to be dangerous! The first day of school is less than 12 days away and my summer is … Continue reading
Posted in Estimation, Fact Fluency, Strategy Development, Teacher Content
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Flashcards: Weapons of Math Distraction
What did SMP #1 say to the flash card? ……“You suck!” We’ve been using a math reasoning inventory as our benchmark assessment for the past 5 years. In that time there’s been tremendous growth (in small pockets), but unfortunately our struggles continue. This post was inspired by Robert Kaplinsky‘s How Old is … Continue reading
Posted in Cheese Mover, Fact Fluency, Teaching in a Context, Word Problems
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Visual Patterns and Functions: How Input/Output Tables Belong in 1st Grade
As part of the #MTBoS 3rd mission we needed to choose a collaborative website and I want to give a huge shout out to @fawnpnguyen and http://www.visualpatterns.org/. I have used her website in the past for developing k2 lessons and if … Continue reading
Posted in Fact Fluency, Strategy Development
Tagged Mathematical Practice, Mathematics, Pattern
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Underestimating Estimation
Have you ever tried to teach a 3yrold how to ride a tricycle? Now take that same thought, with the same 3yrold but the tricycle has only one wheel! Crazy right?!?! This is how I expected my students to … Continue reading
What The Fluency?!?!? Time to stop the debate
After reading Dr. Boaler’s post on timed tests and math anxiety http://joboaler.com/timedtestsandthedevelopmentofmathanxiety/, I can’t help but think about the amount of harm we are causing. To automatize? Or to memorize? That is the question! But should there even be a … Continue reading
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