Author Archives: Ben Harrison

Can Math Fluency Save Your Marriage?

If you’ve come here with marriage trouble, suspecting that math fluency is to blame–hey! We invite you to visit our new blog location at Imagine This! Click the following link and mend your relationship! http://www.imaginelearning.com/blog/2016/05/math-fluency-save-your-marriage/

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Common Core Concerns

This blog topic has been adapted into a new post on the Imagine This! blog. To read the new article, please visit: http://www.imaginelearning.com/blog/2016/06/imagine-common-core-standards/     

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Math Teachers Who Undermine Math Fact Memorization

If you’re an educator who needs to be convinced that memorization is an effective strategy for math facts fluency, this article is for you. However, because our blog is in process of moving, this post is now available at the … Continue reading

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What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Smarter

This blog post has been reimagined. Read the updated version now at: http://www.imaginelearning.com/blog/2016/10/brain-science-smarter/#comment-521687   Thanks for your interest in math and Big Brainz!

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Common Core and Multiplication Tables

To learn more about how multiplication factors into the Common Core State Standards, visit our new location at Imagine This!   Thanks for visiting the Big Brainz blog page.  

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Why Kids Don’t Know Their Multiplication Tables-Part 3

Lack of Assessment and Reporting. Fact fluency is not directly measured in end-of-year testing. Schools tease at assessment with worksheets and games, but they never get in and find out which facts students can recall automatically and which ones they … Continue reading

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Why Kids Don’t Know Their Multiplication Tables-Part 2

Inefficient Instruction. If you read Part 1, you know that mastering multiplication is hard. But it’s not impossible, right? I mean any decent educator with a deck of flash cards can whip just about any student in to shape eventually, … Continue reading

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Why Kids Don’t Know Their Multiplication Tables-Part 1

Because it’s hard. It’s difficult. It requires mental effort and consistency. Even Timez Attack requires a significant amount of effort. It’s fun and rewarding, but it’s active engagement. And folks today favor passive engagement like watching TV, playing casual games, … Continue reading

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Using Multiplication Worksheets to Assess Fluency

This blog post has moved!  Learn more about the topic by visiting the Imagine This! blog: http://www.imaginelearning.com/blog/2017/01/multiplication-worksheets-fluency/     

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Maybe good is good enough–do students deserve high-end educational software?

I was in a serious discussion with the head of one of the two largest educational publishers about the incredible possibilities that high-end educational software could offer students.  I pressed him to explain why everyone in educational software kept cranking … Continue reading

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