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Mathematics and Science Partnerships - Scientifically Based Research in Mathematics

Student Achievement and School Accountability Conference
October 2002

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Frequently Asked Questions about Teaching and Learning Mathematics (cont.)

Q. Do students still need to learn to compute with paper and pencil now that calculators are so widespread?

A. Yes. The availability of calculators has reduced the need for performing complex arithmetical calculations, but students still need to understand what is happening in those calculations. Computational fluency is often essential in solving higher-order problems.

Q. How can teachers develop all the strands of math proficiency when they already have so much to teach?

A. By teaching in an integrated fashion, teachers will actually save time in the long run. They will eliminate the need to go over the same content time and again. The five strands will support one another, making learning more effective and enduring.