Fact fluency is an absolutely essential component for young, developing mathematicians. Thankfully, however, math educators are following research and moving away from rote memorization and timed tests. A strategy-based approach to teaching math facts is far more...

How did you learn arithmetic? By that I mean basic multi-digit computation, such as subtracting with regrouping, multi-digit multiplication, or “long” division. I learned totally by memorizing a series of steps for each operation. The teacher...

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the importance of following the concrete, representational, abstract (CRA) sequence for math instruction. One thing I failed to mention is that the types of learning should overlap. It’s not all concrete, then all...

There are two primary reasons to estimate: (1) to be able to mentally calculate when an exact answer is not necessary, and (2) to determine the reasonableness of a solution. It’s really important that students understand that an estimate is either done before or in...

Number bonds help children develop an understanding of part/whole thinking and lead to working flexibly with numbers. Let’s take that idea a step farther and make a case for just how important the concept of composing and decomposing is. According to the CCSSM,...

I’m just back from the SDE National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies in Las Vegas, and I’m fired up! What a fabulous learning experience. More on that over the next few days. Many of the sessions focused on fact fluency and mental math, and that...

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