Do you spend weeks teaching computation strategies? Then, a problem comes up out of context and BOOM! Nothing. Your students have no strategies for solving the problem. They can apply not one and ask for paper and pencil or just use their fingers. After all that time. Ugh! So frustrating and disappointing.
Why? How can you change things so that your kids are excited to actually think about the strategies you’ve taught them and apply them to new situations?
Mental math? Yes! Absolutely works! Use the 5 tips in this blog post consistently and your kids will become mental math masterminds. They will be applying all those computation strategies you’ve worked so hard and long to teach. And, they’ll be excited about it! They will feel math smart and math confident!
You can use the tips and ideas during lunch, walking in line, waiting for the restroom . . . in other words, you won’t be using a lot of extra classroom time. These tips are practical. These tips work. If you have other tips for mental math that work for you, just comment and let us know.
For 12 Free Mental Math Task Cards plus details, tips, and ideas for creating your mental math masterminds check out this post.
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