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Math Rulz

Math is challenging for various reasons:

  • It involves numbers and not just words that we use on a regular basis to communicate.
  • It is a language all of its own so students have to learn the language as well as the concepts.
  • We teachers sometimes make learning the math more challenging.

I want to elaborate on this last reason. The photo above speaks to this. We present a topic. If the students struggle there is a tendency to “dumb down” the topic to rote memorization of a meaningless set of steps. Below is 1 of dozens of examples of memorization tricks we use. I call these Math Rulz.

Integer opreations for Math Rulz
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Math Rulz

math rulz

Despite Common Core for State Standards, a multitude of initiatives, best practices, differentiation etc. math is challenging for most students. A major reason is that math is often taught in piecemeal fashion with an attempt at rote memorization of an overabundance of rules. I compiled many of these rules into a single document.

Imagine our kiddos receiving special education services who already have trouble grasping various topics having to memorize all these facts.

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