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Strategies that help students commit basic facts to memory include:

  • looking for relationships between numbers – for example: 3 × 5 is the same as 5 + 5 + 5, or half of 30, or one more than 7 + 7, or halfway between 10 and 20

– Focusing on the Fundamentals of Math – A Teacher’s Guide, p.4

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1.3 Mastering Math Facts (7:13)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What comes to mind when you hear the term “Fundamentals”? What is currently in place supporting the work around the focus on fundamentals in your classroom, school community or across your system?
  • While viewing the video, what key messages are being shared? What questions emerge for you?
  • After viewing: What are some key “takeaways” you will further consider with your school community? Why are these important messages to consider for your students and school community?

Strategies for Mental Calculation – Cathy Fosnot (2:46)

Facilitative Prompts

  • While viewing the video, consider how the ideas shared might further inform or influence practice and impact student learning.
  • What further questions do you have?
  • What additional information, resources and supports are needed?
  • What are some specific next steps that can be taken based on what has been learned from this video?

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A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, K-6, Number Sense and Numeration Vol 5, Fractions THUMBNAIL

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A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Gr K-6, Number Sense and Numeration Vol 1, The Big Ideas

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A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Gr 4-6, Patterning and Algebra

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The Mathematical Territory Between Direct Modelling and Proficiency, What Works

 

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