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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Place value and different bases

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From: Marilyn Ammons

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000092423:24:38
Subject: memorization

I believe that if children understand the concept of addition and
subtraction in concrete terms, they will be able to "memorize" facts
faster.  If you do not understand what you are trying to memorize,
what good does it do you.  My main focus with beginning multiplication
and division facts with 3rd graders is to give them a good foundation
in patterns of numbers, place value, and the number chart from 1 -
100.  Students who have this basic understanding have a much easier
time learning multiplication and division facts, because they
understand what multiplication and division is.  The same is true with
addition and subtraction.  Children will always use their fingers
until they grasp the concept of subtraction which is so much more
difficult than addition.  Still, I think that understanding what the
process is helps children "memorize" facts of any kind.

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