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When I first heard about this article, I was amazed. *What? Not teach kids to memorize basic math facts like the teacher did when I was a kid?! With the timed tests and everything? * This article, “Strategies for Basic-Facts Instruction” by Andrew M. Isaacs and William M. Carroll, is an excellent article that discusses what teachers really need to be focusing on when teaching math facts. What really makes learning math facts effective? The author argues that rote memorization is much less effective in teaching mathematics, and why a strategy-based approach should be used. Isaacs and Carroll conclude that “a strategies-based approach {to teaching math facts} builds students’ understanding and confidence. De-emphasizing rote memorization encourages students to use their common sense in mathematics, thus supporting concept development.”

**Click here to read the article: Strategies for Basic Facts Instruction Article**

Thoughts on this article or on teaching math facts? Please comment below!

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Interesting read. Thanks for posting the article. But I don’t think the answer is de-emphasizing rote, but spending more time on problem-solving and thus more time on math. There are some folks out there who think that we should spend less time on math altogether.

http://jinahkimblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/do-we-need-math/

Thanks so much for your comment! I’m all for hearing many sides to an argument!