In 1980, I was studying to be a teacher, and working as a teacher’s aide in a Fifth Grade classroom. I noticed differences between students who knew basic math facts, and students who counted. Students who knew their facts tended to do well; those who counted, struggled, and were anxious about math.
In 1985 I was teaching Third Grade and working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instructional Design. I gave away my typewriter and purchased an Apple IIe computer. I began looking at ways to use computers to help children learn math facts.
I developed software and apps. I evaluated online arcade games. Yet even with all these high tech tools, many students enter Middle School lacking fluency and study skills.
I thought about alternatives to technology. I developed instructional flashcards, and four stages for using them to develop both fluency and study skills. The final stage is called Show-You-Know.
During the week, children practice on their own. At the end of the week, they answer the flashcards for their parents; they show-they-know. When children know their parents will be watching, they practice more, and with more effort.
Welcome to Show-You-Know. Best wishes,