Math Contests:

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Helping your child learn multi-digit multiplication:

Are you having difficulty understanding all of the "new" methods for doing multi-digit multiplication?  Shelley Gray explains/shows a variety of strategies for students to perform multi-digit multiplication.  Please see attachment on the right for a full explanation of a variety of these strategies.

Some apps for practicing times tables and other basic facts:

Please see the attachment to the right for some app suggestions to help your child with learning/recalling basic facts.

Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching | Dan Finkel | TEDxRainier

Please take 15 minutes to watch the following TED talk.  It epitomizes what we strive for in the mathematics classroom at DMC:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytVneQUA5-c

What Constitutes Mastery of Basic Math Facts?

"In the past, much of mathematics was taught in a drill and practice style.  Students were simply asked to memorize their math facts, often without much attention to conceptual understanding.  Through worksheets filled with single-digit computations or lengthy flash card sessions, students were asked to memorize multiplication and division facts.  Our goal is today's math classrooms has shifted from memorizing facts and procedures to increased understanding of math skills and concepts.  

We want our students to be able to do mathematics, but we also want them to understand the math they are doing.  We recognize that as math tasks increase in complexity, an understanding of facts, formulas, and algorithms will help them experience continued success.  We have not changed our view of the importance of basic math facts.  We know that they are a foundational skill and that without that skill our students will view even simple math tasks as daunting.  

We have simply expanded our expectations to include understanding as an important component of our teaching of basic math facts.  So, what do we expect of our students?  Our goal is both automaticity and understanding.  Automaticity is students' ability to effortlessly recall a fact.  If students are automatic, they have successfully committed the facts to memory.  In addition, we want our students to understand, not simply remember, these important math facts."  (O'Connell & SanGiovanni, 2011)

Basic Facts Focus by Grade-Level at DMC

As a math team at DMC, we have decided on specific areas of basic fact focus at each grade.  This is meant to allow students the time and experiences necessary to achieve both automaticity and understanding as outlined above.  Though the areas of focus are outlined below, other understandings/work/review that the teacher recognizes as being a need for the students will also be addressed.  Students will focus on just basic facts for 5-10 minutes daily at school.

  • Grade 5:  Addition, subtraction and some multiplication (with a focus on visualization and mental math strategies)
  • Grade 6:  Multiplication (up to 12x12) and division, decimal addition and subtraction
  • Grade 7:  Multiplication review, division, fractions (reducing, equivalence, mixed numbers, addition, and subtraction), decimal multiplication and division
  • Grade 8:  Integers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers), fraction (multiplication and division)
  • Grade 9:  Rational number (positive and negative fractions and decimals) addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Links and tips as to how you can help you child to achieve "automaticity and understanding":

Effective Strategies for Teaching the Basic Multiplication Facts- Shelley Gray : http://shelleygrayteaching.com...

An online Math Dictionary for kids:  http://www.amathsdictionaryfor...


Math

Math Contests:

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

Helping your child learn multi-digit multiplication:

Are you having difficulty understanding all of the "new" methods for doing multi-digit multiplication?  Shelley Gray explains/shows a variety of strategies for students to perform multi-digit multiplication.  Please see attachment on the right for a full explanation of a variety of these strategies.

Some apps for practicing times tables and other basic facts:

Please see the attachment to the right for some app suggestions to help your child with learning/recalling basic facts.

Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching | Dan Finkel | TEDxRainier

Please take 15 minutes to watch the following TED talk.  It epitomizes what we strive for in the mathematics classroom at DMC:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytVneQUA5-c

What Constitutes Mastery of Basic Math Facts?

"In the past, much of mathematics was taught in a drill and practice style.  Students were simply asked to memorize their math facts, often without much attention to conceptual understanding.  Through worksheets filled with single-digit computations or lengthy flash card sessions, students were asked to memorize multiplication and division facts.  Our goal is today's math classrooms has shifted from memorizing facts and procedures to increased understanding of math skills and concepts.  

We want our students to be able to do mathematics, but we also want them to understand the math they are doing.  We recognize that as math tasks increase in complexity, an understanding of facts, formulas, and algorithms will help them experience continued success.  We have not changed our view of the importance of basic math facts.  We know that they are a foundational skill and that without that skill our students will view even simple math tasks as daunting.  

We have simply expanded our expectations to include understanding as an important component of our teaching of basic math facts.  So, what do we expect of our students?  Our goal is both automaticity and understanding.  Automaticity is students' ability to effortlessly recall a fact.  If students are automatic, they have successfully committed the facts to memory.  In addition, we want our students to understand, not simply remember, these important math facts."  (O'Connell & SanGiovanni, 2011)

Basic Facts Focus by Grade-Level at DMC

As a math team at DMC, we have decided on specific areas of basic fact focus at each grade.  This is meant to allow students the time and experiences necessary to achieve both automaticity and understanding as outlined above.  Though the areas of focus are outlined below, other understandings/work/review that the teacher recognizes as being a need for the students will also be addressed.  Students will focus on just basic facts for 5-10 minutes daily at school.

  • Grade 5:  Addition, subtraction and some multiplication (with a focus on visualization and mental math strategies)
  • Grade 6:  Multiplication (up to 12x12) and division, decimal addition and subtraction
  • Grade 7:  Multiplication review, division, fractions (reducing, equivalence, mixed numbers, addition, and subtraction), decimal multiplication and division
  • Grade 8:  Integers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers), fraction (multiplication and division)
  • Grade 9:  Rational number (positive and negative fractions and decimals) addition, subtraction, multiplication and division

Links and tips as to how you can help you child to achieve "automaticity and understanding":

Effective Strategies for Teaching the Basic Multiplication Facts- Shelley Gray : http://shelleygrayteaching.com...

An online Math Dictionary for kids:  http://www.amathsdictionaryfor...


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