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,



Mitch

MitchellMarkTeacher@gmail.com



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