It’s time to take the tricks out of math instruction! Research shows that when students are taught for understanding, rather than with tricks, they retain the content better. A great example is subtraction with regrouping, which is often taught with little or no connection to place value. Maybe this sounds great to you, and you’re just wondering where to start.
Let me introduce you to nixthetricks.com. On their website, you can download an absolutely free resource, Nix the Tricks, that outlines the most popular “tricks” used to teach math and provides suggestions for the correct way to teach each skill. It is a collaborative effort between high school math teacher Tina Cardone and MTBos, an online math community. It is updated frequently, so be sure to sign up for their emails. The even have a Facebook page!
Download the PDF version of Nix the Tricks here.