Fun with Fact Fluency

Developing Mental Math Strategies with Operations

Our Journey

As part of our Inquiry we were looking to see if we could provide innovative ways practicing and improving operations so that students would develop more flexible thinking. The strategies we used to target the students were math games, and Number Talks. We used the Lesson Study Model to build capacity among our teachers around developing more flexible thinking with operational sense. Through an Interactive Family Math Night we promoted strategies students use for building fact fluency.


Visit TeachOntario for more on our journey. https://www.teachontario.ca/people/quintanam/blog/2015/04/17/st-Julia

https://www.teachontario.ca/blogs/cardosod/2015/03/20/st-julia-tllp-our-second-blog

Pre-Assessment

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Number Talks

Number Talks
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Boxed Cars and One Eyed Jacks
Practising Fluency with Math Games
Practising Fluency with Farkle Frenzy
Using Tri-Facta to Practise Addition

Lesson Study

A large part of our TLLP Inquiry was capacity building with teachers around fact fluency. We decided to use Lesson Study as are model for professional learning. We grouped teachers by division and we were able to meet with all teachers by the end of our TLLP.

Below teachers are brainstorming what students know and what students need to know as it relates to mental math strategies.

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Checklist

When the teachers observed the lesson, each teacher was responsible for observing on section of the checklist. The attributes for each task feature helped teachers to focus on what they were looking for during the lesson. It also help to streamline our debrief.
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An Interactive Family Math Night

A component of our TLLP was to involve parents by educating them about what it means to be flexible thinkers. During our Family Math Night parents were part of a short presentation on what it means to be fluent in basic facts, and then they were able to participate in games that their children had used.