At Seven Hills Elementary, we use a Math Workshop structure to teach mathematics to our students. We use many resources to teach a well-rounded math curriculum with Math Investigations being at the center.
Click on the link below to see a list of strategies that we teach students for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The strategies are listed from least to most efficient.
It is important that students understand multiple ways to solve a problem, so they have an indepth understanding of numbers and number concepts. As students, we memorized our facts and the algorithm (steps to solve equations) without the understanding of why we did it that way. It is important for students to learn all the strategies listed and then choose the one that makes the most sense to them.
Below is a link to videos that explain many of the strategies listed in the attachment.
The workshop model, like Reading and Writing, involves 3 components:
Students need to be able to participate in Math Workshop, a structure that allows individuals, pairs, or small groups of students to work on a set of related activities that focus on similar mathematical content. Bringing students together for whole group discussions is also a regular feature of the curriculum, and during these discussions it is important that students can easily see and hear one another.