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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Who "invented" touch point math?

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From: Eileen 
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2008021415:18:14
Subject: Re: Re: Re: The Potential Dangers of Teaching Touch Math

This discussion is interesting to me.  I teach 7th grade, so I am the
one who gets to re-train all the kids who picked up math using
shortcuts without understanding what they were doing.  Unfortunately,
unless a student is very bright, if they don't have the concepts
behind the tricks, it doesn't translate well to the more abstract math
like algebra.  

 From what I gather, touchmath is a good strategy for REMEDIATION when
other methods have failed or a student has a very difficult time
memorizing things.  But students must learn the concepts first and
foremost.  I tihnk if touchmath used as the first line of introducing
addition in kindergarten or first grade, it is really a misuse.

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