Pinon students at their ‘1 Million Facts Solved’ pretzel party celebration. Courtesy/LAPS
Every day, Pinon Elementary School students in grades 1st-6th work out their math muscles by building their math fact fluency.
Developing automaticity in solving math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is a fundamental skill. Using Reflex Math, an adaptive and individualized online program, Pinon students build fluency, monitor progress and celebrate their success.
“I am amazed at how quickly they have become fluent. And it does multiplication and division at the same time,” said 4th grade math teacher Sarah Hayes.
Based on the summarized findings of more than 100 educational research studies involving 4,000+ experimental/control group comparisons, a meta-analytical study identified several instructional techniques that have a strong positive impact on student achievement.
Research in cognitive psychology indicates that brains store knowledge using both words and images. Instruction that targets and engages both of these systems of representation has been shown to significantly increase students’ comprehension and retention.
Explicitly engaging students in the creation and usage of nonlinguistic representations has even been shown to stimulate and increase activity in the brain.