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  • Nancy Van Hall

    June 4, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Every year I have so many students entering 5th grade not knowing their math fats even though there is a huge emphasis on memorization and drill in 3rd grade. It just doesn’t stick. Why? Because they gained a temporary fluency without having the conceptual learning down, and haven’t been given enough time to interact with the concept before moving on to automaticity. I have to work into my class opportunities for students to interact conceptually to support them and help them get to that automatic level of dealing with numbers. Christina Tondevold over at has some wonderful resources and ideas here for elementary teachers.