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From: Loyd <loydlin@aol.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007042519:07:32
Subject: Re: math fluency-third grade.


reciting facts in half second does seem fast.  Here is what VA
standards of learning say, in part, what third grade students should
be able to do:

3.8 The student will solve problems involving the sum or difference of
two whole numbers, each 9,999 or less, with or without regrouping,
using various computational methods, including calculators, paper and
pencil, mental computation, and estimation.  

3.9 The student will recall the multiplication and division facts
through the nines table.


Nothing is stated regarding speed.  Speed will help a student in lots
of cases, but being fast at computation does not mean that the student
will be good a solving math problems.  

When I was a kid, some teachers taught speed to students but were
often not too well versed in mathematics in general.  But back in my
day, a good job was working in a grocery store and simple calculations
were often required without the use of a calculator.  Now, with
sanners, the speed is left to the machine.  

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