What is Computational Fluency?
NCTM Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (2000) define computational fluency as students having efficient, flexible and accurate methods for computing. Students should also become fluent in mental math, paper and pencil methods and use technology such as a calculator when computing answers in situations involving numbers (whole numbers as well as fractions and decimals). In addition, students must be able to determine if an exact answer or a close approximation (estimate) is sufficient. According to our College and Career Ready Math Standards,there are required fluency expectations for each grade. See table below.
To build fact fluency or computational fluency students must develop strong conceptual understandings of computation strategies (doubles,doubles plus 1, make ten combinations, etc).
2016-2017 K-5 - Math Fluency Expectations and Guidelines
Here are some instructional practices that can help promote meaningful mastery of number combinations.
Resources: Video Clips, Number Talk Toolkit , Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning, Number Talk PowerPoints
Resources: Sample Student Interviews, Interview Guide,
Math Menus and Math Workshops
Resources: Math Centers, Math Stations
Math Games & Technology Based Activities