Insights in number: Developing flexible mental mathematics
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre
The ability to use flexible strategies when faced with a calculation to do 'in the head' is important to acquire. Many children who rely on remembered facts and standard procedures are limited in their approaches to mental computation. Teaching that develops insights, awareness, and connections appears to give this important flexibility and enable children to make sensible and effective choices of calculating strategies.