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Wright, Robert J.; Ellemor-Collins, David; Tabor, Pamela D. – SAGE Publications (CA), 2011

This fourth book in the Mathematics Recovery series equips teachers with detailed pedagogical knowledge and resources for teaching number to 7 to 11-year olds. Drawing on extensive programs of research, curriculum development, and teacher development, the book offers a coherent, up-to-date approach emphasizing computational fluency and the…

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Intervention, Mental Computation, Special Education

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Reys, Barbara J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1985

The history of mental computation in the elementary school curriculum is briefly described, followed by discussion of the benefits of mental computation. How thinking skills are enhanced is then illustrated. (MNS)

Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, History

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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986

Using factoring as an aid to mental multiplication is illustrated. Other suggestions for teaching mental computation are also included. (MNS)

Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1987

Use of compatible numbers resulting in easy mental computations is described, along with related teaching and testing tips. (MNS)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Learning Activities

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Reys, Robert E., Ed.; Reys, Barbara J., Ed. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986

Activities on estimation and mental computation are presented. Patterns on a hundred chart, an amazing fact, teaching and testing tips, and other references are included. (MNS)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Learning Activities

Kartambis, Kathy – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2007

Research has established that children's development of addition and subtraction skills progresses through a hierarchy of strategies that begin with counting-by-one methods through to flexible mental strategies using a combination of knowledge of basic facts and understanding of place value. An important transition point is the shift from the…

Descriptors: Mental Computation, Number Concepts, Subtraction, Arithmetic

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Vale, Colleen – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 1999

Computation activities focusing on speed and accuracy do not provide children with the opportunity to learn or develop their own mental computation strategies. Sets out some goals and ideas for teaching mental computation and introduces a card game for helping children compute mentally. (ASK)

Descriptors: Computation, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

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Reys, Barbara J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1986

What mental computation and estimation are, what is known from research about each process, and what can help students develop these skills are discussed. (MNS)

Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Estimation (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction

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Dietz, Charles – Perspectives in Education and Deafness, 1993

Strategies for rapid mental computation are explained, including multiplying by 11 (or 21, 31, etc.); adding columns of numbers; and multiplying 2-digit numbers. Rapid mental computation is suggested as a motivator for investigating the underlying mathematical principles. (DB)

Descriptors: Algorithms, Computation, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies

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Reys, Robert E. – Elementary School Journal, 1984

Begins with a definition of mental computation and then provides an overview of its evolution during the twentieth century. Significant benefits from teaching mental computation are highlighted, along with a framework and guidelines for instructing elementary school students. A parallel discussion is also provided for computational estimation. (RH)

Descriptors: Computation, Elementary Education, Estimation (Mathematics), History

Parrish, Sherry – Math Solutions, 2010

"Number Talks" is: (1) A five- to fifteen-minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally; and (2) The best part of a teacher's day. Whether you want to implement number talks but are unsure of how to begin or have experience but want more guidance in crafting purposeful problems, this…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mental Computation, Mathematics Skills, Video Technology

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Moran, Glenn T. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2002

Outlines a lesson on the Fibonacci and Lucas sequences that captures student interest by presenting the opportunity for computation practice, mental mathematics, and proof for algebra students. Discusses an extension for solving simultaneous equations. (YDS)

Descriptors: Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Lesson Plans, Mathematics Instruction

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Mathematics Teacher, 1983

Included in this section are brief articles outlining an approach to teaching mental computation, an inductive approach to algebra, and using football to teach probability. (MNS)

Descriptors: Algebra, Computation, Games, Induction

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Levin, James A. – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 1981

A range of estimation techniques are described, and a series of mental computation procedures based on concepts of measurement and real numbers are presented in detail. (MP)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Computation, Educational Change, Elementary Education

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Hampel, Paul J. – Arithmetic Teacher, 1984

A program is given which offers students a chance to practice mental computation and judge the effects of various rules for formating output. (MNS)

Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education