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Chapter 1: Making 7—The Lesson: (Grades PreK-K)
For much of the 20th century, learning single-digit addition and subtraction has been synonymous with memorizing math facts. The predominant learning theory supporting this view was stimulus-response: A card with “3 + 4” flashed before children's eyes was the stimulus, and the memorized, isolated answer of “7” was the expected response. Despite all we now know about how the brain learns mathematics (Dehaene, 1997; Sousa, 2008), in many schools, memorizing mindless math facts is still stressed by some parents … and teachers.
Making 7 explores alternatives to rote memorization and fosters sense making of single-digit addition combinations. The lesson described below took place in the classroom of Ms. Brady, an extraordinary kindergarten teacher. Ms. Brady had ...