Fluency And Strategies Together
FAST Math is a fluency program with 3 components
1. FAST Math Strategy Cards for Fluency
2. FAST Math Strategy Games for Fluency
3. FAST Math Practice Assessments for Fluency
FAST Math Fluency Practice was created because over the past several years our teachers have moved away from timed test as a method to reinforce and assess the basic facts, and focused on teaching math strategies to build conceptual understanding to learn the basic facts. With this shift there seems to be a misunderstanding by our students that the basic facts aren’t that important to have from memory, because teachers aren’t assessing them with timed tests anymore. So they rely on counting on their fingers, drawing groups or drawing arrays. These are great conceptual strategies, but students need to move on to more efficient strategies. Our students are not always fluent with their basic facts and this has made multi-digit operations cumbersome for them. So we wanted to help them practice their strategies in a meaningful way to help them advance from the concrete (counting on their fingers), to deriving an answer using strategies, to finally having the facts from memory.