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MemberNovember 13, 2022 at 7:05 am
I have always felt that math facts need to be more readily available to kids and definitely in my earlier years of teaching I worked on the memorization of facts. “Around the World”, anyone? But what I have found is that many students are not flexible with their math facts, so even with my 7th graders, while I may not do a whole section of class of “what do I need?”, I do find myself when certain numbers come up asking questions like, “huh, the answer is 57, what do I need to get to 100? how about 150?” (an activity from Pamela Harris) Or .. when we have worked on finding the mean or multiplying larger numbers, I have asked about different strategies they used to add those numbers or getting their facts that they need. I find I am embedding the fluency-type questions within my lessons more than I would have years ago.