Learning Basic Single-Digit Combinations (Facts): Developing Important Ideas in Mathematics; Part I – The Case
This is the first in a series of articles that proposes a different instructional approach and purpose for becoming fluent in recalling basic single-digit combinations in all four operations.
This article briefly describes the beginning of our collaboration (that of a middle school teacher, a college math professor, and an undergraduate preservice teacher) and also describes one of the projects we created with the help of the MCTM.
Post-recess and lunch excitement is in the air as we walk back to our classroom; where our next subject to begin is math. As we all know, routines are crucial in the classroom so we begin our student-led, mindful breathing to focus our bodies and minds for learning.
I don’t know about you, but the term “March Madness” is a relevant term in Minnesota Education. When March rolls around I start to think about how far we have gotten addressing the content, and how much further do we need to go. How are we going to get it all done?
Over the last three years that I have been here at Albert Lea, I have seen a huge, positive impact with student understanding of mathematics. I believe that is due to multiple reasons; however, the one I want to share today is how important a math-positive culture is to success.