Can You Separate Fluency and Understanding in Math?

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Math fluency is misunderstood, much broader than I realized before working so closely with children and teachers in mathematics. When we hear the word fluency as educators, we generally begin to lo…

Jennifer Cimini‘s insight:

Perhaps the most important aspect about fluency is that it requires more than repetition and practice. True fluency is a product (no pun) of a balanced approach to instruction that includes understanding. This stands in opposition to what I experienced in math as a child, where our ability in math was determined not by understanding, but by our speed and accuracy with computation. 

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