Fast Fluency Overview

Research indicates that students should become fluent with their math facts and that when this is not addressed as part of core instruction, students often rely heavily on one to one correspondence for computation. As numbers increase, this strategy overwhelms working memory and decreases a student’s ability to attend to longer algorithms.

The initial stage of learning is acquisition. This is when student explore and model how to compute facts until the can prove it to be true. Once students can accurately justify the solution using multiple methods, they have acquired the concept. The next step to develop proficiency/fluency is to maintain their accuracy but decrease the amount of time for the given response. The result is fast and accurate responses.

The following are researched strategies for increasing accuracy and fluency with math facts

  1. Incremental Rehearsal

  2. Cover-Copy-Compare

  3. Drill Sandwich

  4. Timed Trials

  5. Peer Tutoring

  6. Detect-Prompt-Repair

  7. Taped Problems