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  • Brandi Sidley

    July 15, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Memorization vs. Automaticity – having come from third grade and having worked very hard to get my students “fluent” with their multiplication facts, only to have the fourth grade teachers complain that “they don’t know their facts” three months later, I wish I would have developed this mindset earlier. Nevertheless, I can see that having students develop a deep conceptual understanding of multiplication AND work with the relationship of number would have helped them to become more automatic, ie, fluent, but that that automaticity would have stayed with them better. I’m reminded of many lessons at the board trying to shove the idea of the distributive property into their brains, if only I would have guided them to construct their own strategy. I was Consciously Incompetent – intuitively, I knew there was a better way, I just hadn’t found it yet.