I'm not sure that I agree with fluency as a result of "drill and kill", or sorry, "drill and skill". My idea of fluency is being able to attack the problem from so many different angles that you are sure you have the right answer. For example, when my youngest son approaches the problem 4x7=? He doesn't automatically say 28. Instead he thinks to himself out loud of course, "well I know 7+7=14 and 14+ 14 =28 so 4 7's must be 28. To me that is fluency, not just memorizing facts and procedures in a certain amount of time but reasoning to prove that your answer is correct. I cringe when teachers give students timed tests for fluency, it's about the practices that make kids fluent. I hope I don't have the wrong idea about fluency, but with all the training I have received about Common Core, I think I am on the right track.
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