To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
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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