**Teaching Math Counts**

~ Trenton ~

2005-2006

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General Strategies . . .

. . . that improve understanding, computational fluency, and maybe even test scores!

Number Sense:

- Pay attention to parity (even/odd).
- Pay attention to final digits.
- Make estimation a habit.
- Use a second approach to check your work.

Operation Sense:

- Practice giving scenarios (short word problems) and have students determine what operation to use and how to use it.
- Don't teach "key words" to determine what operation to use. They can be very misleading.
- Help students develop their ability to visualize what is happening in a problem.

Computation:

- Teach a variety of algorithms and allow children to use whichever they are most comfortable with.
- Help children become fluent with number facts.

Communication:

- Have students paraphrase problems.
- Model good communication, emphasizing precise mathematical language.
- Create a Word Wall of math vocabulary.
- Build on the successful features of your literacy program.
- Have students rehearse math language orally before attempting to write.

Representation:

- Help students become skillful with a variety of representation forms: diagrams, tables, graphs, equations.
- Teach them to label diagrams and identify units.

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Last updated January 30, 2006