Barton Hutchings had an article entitled "Low-stress Subtraction" in the March, 1975 issue of the Arithmetic Teacher, pp 226-32. Perhaps that is the one you were thinking of? This article is also referenced by Robert Ashlock in "Error Patterns in Computation," 1976, page 14, as part of a discussion of alternative algorithms.
There are also other examples, such as the "German low-stress algorithm" for multiplication, mentioned by Musser and Burger on page 163 of their Fourth Edition of "Mathematics for Elementary Teachers," 1997, Prentice Hall.
Ron Ward/Western Washington University/Bellingham, WA 98225
On Mon, 14 Dec 1998, Tom_O'Shea wrote:
> > Wonderful discussion about California, but the "world-wide" > influence of decisions there hasn't hit British Columbia. It may yet, > however, given the cyclical nature of curriculum movements and the phase > lag between Canada and the US (if it crosses the semi-permeable membrane > out of California). > On a personal note, I am looking for an article by Barton Hutchings > (I think) having to do with teaching the use of what he called "low stress" > algorithms. I thought it was in an old NCTM yearbook, perhaps the 1970s or > 1980s, but I haven't been able to find it. Can anyone help me out? > Thanks, > Tom. > > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > Dr. Thomas O'Shea, Director Tel: 604-291-4517 > Field Programs Fax: 604-291-5882 > Faculty of Education email: firstname.lastname@example.org > Simon Fraser University > Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ > > > > >