Stanford Professor Jo Boaler finds that children who excel in math learn to develop "number sense," which is much different from the memorization that is often stressed in school.
Students who attempt to blindly memorize math fact tend to be the lowest achieving math students. While students utilizing number sense flexibility tend to be the highest achieving math students.
The takeaway? Teach conceptually. Teach number sense. Teach numerical flexibility.
Do NOT teach blind memorization.
Students will still end up memorizing their facts in due time!
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