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  • Kyle Pearce

    July 3, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    These are huge concerns especially for secondary math teachers. When older students are using fingers often or multiplication charts, that is an immediate red flag that they do not have the conceptual understanding AND haven’t developed any fluency/flexibility with the operations they are being asked to use. This makes the high school math curriculum pretty ineffective and not very useful since the concepts are much more complex, yet students haven’t built a true understanding of much more simple (but still complex) concepts. It is also even more difficult when a high school teacher isn’t really sure how to nudge a student from where they are “at” to the next place in their journey aside from trying to get them to rote memorize facts. It really is a challenging circumstance that I believe only building our own teacher content knowledge AND pedogogical practices can help to address!