Donna Curry

=E2=80=94(2007) *The Math Practitioner*. Vol. 13, #1.

This article is based on a workshop titled But My Students Don't Know Th=
eir Basic Facts, given at the COABE Conference in Philadelphia, PA

### Summary

Students who have not mastered their basic facts should not be held back=
from developing deeper critical thinking skills. You can integrate basic a=
rithmetic and algebra, even with students who are working on basic addition=
facts. Research into how children learn math suggests that one reason stud=
ents have difficulty moving from basic arithmetic to algebra is because of =
their notion of what the equal sign means. Rather than thinking of the equa=
l sign as a sign of equality =E2=80=93 what's on one side of the equal sign=
is the same as what's on the other side, students think of the equality si=
gn as an indication to perform an operation.

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