Breaking down the National Math Report: Implications for the Whole Class and Small Guided Math Groups

Posted on April 19, 2011. Filed under: Elementary math, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: |


I am always talking about the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report because it is really important.  It will inform policy for the next decade.  So, I have decided to do a series of salient points from the report.

The Math Report says that fluency with whole numbers is important.  It stresses that children should have a ROBUST SENSE OF NUMBER by the end of grade school.   

Here are some highlights (which by the way are now addressed in the Common Core):

  • Understand Place value,
  • Have the Ability to compose and decompose whole numbers
  • Understanding basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Understanding use of commutative, associative and distributive properties 
  •  Computing efficiently
  • Knowing how to problem solve. 
  • Automaticity with their basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  
  • Fluency in standard algorithms and be able to estimate.

WHERE ARE THE CHILDREN IN YOUR SCHOOL AT ALONG THIS CONTINUUM?  WHAT DO THEY DO REALLY WELL AND WHAT IS LACKING?  HOW DO YOU FIX IT?  WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL CURRENTLY EMPHASIZING?  What’s the action plan to develop a ROBUST SENSE OF NUMBER among ALL CHILDREN at your school?

  I like that phrase “Robust Sense of Number.”  It gives us somewhere to go, somewhere to head…

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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