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mad math minutes

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From: Dori <rector67@aol.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Jan 08, 2006 at 17:54:49
Subject: Re: mad math minutes

Thank you for responding to my question.  I appreciate your comments and am
still hoping to get some information on how to start the program.
Thank you,

>>I would like to get the mad math minute program started at our school. I
>>would greatly appreciate any information on how begin. Are there work
>>sheets available to print? Is there a contact site?
>>Thank you,
>Dear Dori,
>      I do want to caution you about using "mad minutes" though.   Some
>students will not perform well under that sort of pressure, and may seem not
>to be successful, when really all they need is a little more time.   Some
>valid strateiges for learning facts take a little longer to perform than
>others.   We do want our students to have fluency with arithmetic facts, but
>having to spout them out under timed conditions gives students a view that
>in mathematics the answers should be quick and easy, and that "good"
>mathematicians are the ones who can answer the fastest.  We know that fast
>doesn't equate with best all the time.
> -Gail, for the T2T service
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