In a recent Op-Ed, Barry Garelick, veteran math teacher and author of articles found in The Atlantic, Education Next, and more, explains the importance of “repetitive practice [that] lies at the heart of mastery of almost every discipline, and mathematics is no exception.”
Garelick goes on to explain that “iterative practice is key to attaining procedural fluency and conceptual understanding. Understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving come when students can draw on a strong foundation of relevant domain content, which is built through the “rote memorization” of procedure.”
At a time when so many students are in need of catching up and solidifying their foundations in math and reading, “students need to be given explicit instruction on solving various types of problems, via worked examples and initial practice problems.” If you are looking for ways to help boost your child’s math skills and reading comprehension, our learning center can help. Contact our team to learn more or continue reading here.