3-5, Against the Norm, Algebra, counting, Fact Fluency, Making Math Accessible, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development

These Geometric Subitizing Cards have been in beta the past two years. I asked our buddy Joe Schwartz to take them for a test drive last spring and he reported back. Joe’s all in. How do they work? Let’s play… Last week I took them for another spin...
3-5, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Games, Math Tools, Number Sense

What’s the purpose of flashcards? There’s 2 answers I frequently hear and only one I agree with. Answer 1: help kids know/memorize their facts Answer 2: help students build fluency through the automatization of strategy I know how Tracy and many...
3-5, 6-8, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Games, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development

Learning basic facts through tricks or a mnemonic song lead students down a path of memorization, not understanding. I previously discussed the idea of conceptual development here. When students practice their multiplication facts, they’re expected to move...
3-5, 6-8, Cheese Mover, Estimation, Fact Fluency, Math Tools, Number Sense, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

I hate math tricks and avoid them at all costs. Tina Cardone and many members of #MTBOS are huge advocates of conceptual learning which is how we became blessed with this gem. There’s no denying that students love tricks, especially the ones that retrieve...
Fact Fluency, Making Math Accessible, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

Question: If you memorize your basic math facts have you learned them? The term from memory is used twice in the K-5 math standards (here & here) and they continue to be the most misunderstood words I encounter each day. The term “from memory” does...
Estimation, Fact Fluency, Strategy Development, Teacher Content

I’ll start off by saying that I’m definitely not a Number Talks guru and over the past 4 years I’ve learned just enough to be dangerous! The first day of school is less than 12 days away and my summer is over! Thankfully I’ve had the...