AnnMaria De Mars

Why should we memorize math? I’m astounded that some people consider memorization a universal evil because “We have the internet.” Multiplication tables are searchable in my notes or my device, but are in frequent use. Optimizing learning by memorizing the basics is time and energy well-spent for the long haul. […]

The Case for Memorization

Spirit Lake has multiplication word problems
In nearly 30 years teaching and consulting on American Indian reservations, I’ve seen a dismaying number of failures to provide a good education. In the movie, Mask, the mother of a boy with a noticeable physical disfigurement is trying to register him for middle school. The principal says,  Perhaps a […]

Failing Native American students: Let me count the ways