# Develop Efficient Problem Solving Strategies

# Inefficient drill of basic facts can be detrimental

Often times, children are asked to memorize the basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) without having the concepts and skills to support that memorization. Through my reading, I discovered this extremely important quote by an influential researcher in the field of mathematics:

“Far too much time is devoted to inefficient drill of basic facts, often with a negative impact on students’ attitudes toward mathematics and beliefs in their abilities. Adopt this simple rule and stick with it: Do not subject any student to fact drills unless the student has developed an efficient strategy for the facts included in the drill.”

-(Van de Walle, 2006)

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