Fact Fluency

July 9, 2010 at 6:55 AM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

This past week, I attended another wonderful training provided by the Hillsborough County School District.  This time, the content was strictly math…Fact Fluency.

For me, this is such an important topic because it affects my students each and every day.  As a classroom teacher, I am expected to follow a ‘math calendar’, which basically suggests how much time I have to teach each math topic.  In my opinion, the calendar is a wonderful resource because it allows all teachers to stay focused and not spend too much time or too little time on any particular topic.

Then what about the students that require MORE time in order to learn new material?  What happens to them?  Do we just say, “Sorry, we have to stick to the calendar…work on page 92 for extra help!?” Well, I do agree with providing my/our students with additional help, but how??

The training provided three excellent Steps in order to help our children Master their Basic Facts:

  1. Help children develop a strong understanding of the operations.
  2. Develop efficient strategies of fact retrieval and practice the use and selection of those strategies.
  3. Provide drill for those facts already in LONG term memory and fore new facts for which a strategy has been practiced.

All of this can be accomplished through careful planning and use of:

  • Math Manipulatives
  • Read Alouds for Fact Retrieval such as The Best of Times by: Greg Tang
  • Appropriate Math Games

I look forward in the opportunity in building my Math student’s Fact Fluency this school year.  Yes, I am already planning for this and will soon share some of my ideas.  Remember—every student CAN and WILL learn.  We just need to find their learning style and provide them with support and positive reinforcement!

Happy Learning!

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