Most educators know that poor math fluency has an adverse impact on students, but to what extent? Well, math fluency has a profound impact on every student's ability to succeed in mathematics, not only in calculation skills but in all types of problem-solving and higher order mathematics that the student will encounter over the years. That begs the questions, 'What is meant by math fluency?' and 'What can we do to strengthen it?'
It's not fun to write about mistakes, or even to think about them. But there is a mistake that is rampant in our schools right now - and it's time that we learn from it and move on. Don't cringe when you read this! We are using accommodations to mask the need to improve students' fluency with math facts. There - I've said it!