It's an important word when it comes to reading. But thanks to the Common Core, it's also an important word when it comes to math.
Clearly, teaching fluency in reading and math are two completely different things. But the similarities are the key words: accuracy and automaticity. I expect that my students be able to recall their facts automatically, but they also must be correct.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven't really done enough with fact fluency in my classroom for various reasons. This year, I decided it was time to step up my game. So I decided to create a method to use in my classroom where I could allow my students to practice their fluency facts, track their progress, and communicate the results with parents. I wanted to create something in my classroom that was flexible, trackable, and easy to manage.
Now I have a great way of practicing and tracking my students' fluency progress in my classroom, and it totally excites me! It has been working well for a few months now, and I am thrilled at how easy this has been to implement!
Here's how I work on fluency in my classroom:
About 2 days a week, we take a fact fluency assessment. I try to shoot for Tuesdays and Thursdays, though it doesn't always work out that way! But my goal is to take an assessment twice a week. I have a checklist where I track each students' progress through the levels. On test day, I check my sheet, hand each student the correct assessment, and send them to their table to put their name on the paper. It takes less than 2 minutes total. Once everybody has their paper, I hit the timer. They have 1 minute to answer 25 problems. When the timer goes off, they put down their pencils and I collect the assessments. Quick and painless.
I also created 2 different tests, an A test and a B test. If I have students who sit near each other and are on the same level, I give them different tests. Then I don't have to worry about cheating.
If they passed their assessment, I do one of two things:
1. Send home the next set of math fact flashcards
2. Send home a certificate (if they passed the second quiz!) and the next set of math fact flashcards.
Either way, they get the next set of math facts to practice at home to prepare for the next assessment. This helps me keep the parents informed on their child's progress as well. The kids are also very proud of their certificates and love being able to take them home!
If you are interested, my Fact Fluency program is available in my TPT store.
How do you help your students demonstrate their fluency of facts in your classroom? Please share by leaving a comment!