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Strategies for Basic-Facts Instruction

Andrew Isaacs and William Carroll 

May 1999, Volume 5, Issue 9, Page 508

Abstract:
A strategies-based approach to the basic facts has several advantages. First of all, it works-- children do learn their facts. Rathmell (1978) found that teaching children thinking strategies facilitates their learning and retention of basic facts. More recent studies have confirmed this effect again and again. A strategies-based approach also builds students' understanding and confidence.

Keywords:
Pre-K-2
Article
Grades 3-5
Numbers and Operations
Teacher
Skill and Fluency
Representation