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The Fact Tactics™ Fluency Program

Building Reasoning Skills for Multiplication in Grades 3–6

By: Juli K. Dixon

Support students in developing a deep understanding of multiplication by emphasizing procedural fluency to develop automaticity in mathematics. This book will lead you through a 20-week program that utilizes six tactics to promote reasoning over rote memorization.

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Teach students more than fact recall. Help them learn to make sense of multiplication.

How can students achieve an understanding of multiplication that allows them to go beyond recall to explain their thinking? Author and mathematics education professor Juli Dixon introduces a program that teachers can seamlessly integrate into existing mathematics instruction. Learn six tactics to help you shift from a rote-memorization approach to one that helps students actually make sense of multiplication.

This book will help classroom teachers, resource teachers, interventionists, coaches, administrators, tutors, and parents of students in grades 3–6:

  • Understand the six tactics for completing the Fact Tactics Fluency Program
  • Discover how to seamlessly integrate the 20-week program into mathematics instruction
  • Give students the tools they need to transcend recall of basic facts and gain procedural fluency so they can explain and justify their thinking
  • Gain the process, resources, and assessments to implement the program
  • Learn how to support a deep understanding of mathematics beyond the 20-week program

“Fact Tactics” is a trademark of Juli Dixon and is used here with permission.

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Product Code: BKG125, EKF670

ISBN: 9781958590218

Published By: Solution Tree

“Memorizing multiplication facts can be a source of anxiety, frustration, and eventual disaffection from mathematics. In The Fact Tactics Fluency Program, author Juli K. Dixon moves beyond rote memorization by positioning fluency with mathematics facts as a byproduct of thinking, reasoning, and number experiences. Students use the strategies in this program to achieve fluency through active sense-making and the co-construction of ideas that build networks of connections between what is known and not known, familiar and unfamiliar, and fluency and reason.”

Peter Liljedahl, professor of education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

“Juli Dixon’s book, The Fact Tactics Fluency Program, provides practical, ready-to-implement strategies to help students grow their multiplication fact fluency. The program, grounded in decades of research, offers six tactics for teachers to introduce, reinforce, and assess students’ development of mathematics reasoning skills and automaticity. If you want to move away from repetitive, memorization-based strategies toward reasoning and sense-making to help students learn multiplication, then this book is for you!”

Zandra de Araujo, chief equity officer and math principal, Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida

“I highly recommend Juli Dixon’s book, The Fact Tactics Fluency Program, for current and pre-service teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders and administrators as a guide to embracing a meaningful fluency approach to mathematics reasoning and flexibility around multiplication. Usable and easy to digest, it offers six simple tactics and precise guidance on fostering student fluency with multiplication facts. The reproducible fact cards and assessments make it easy to instantly start collaborating with your team and engage students in developing fluency!”

Sarah B. Bush, professor of K–12 STEM education, University of Central Florida

“Grades 3–6 teachers recognize the challenge of prioritizing multiplication fact mastery and ensuring fluency by all students. Enter Juli Dixon’s powerful and accessible book, The Fact Tactics Fluency Program. Dixon’s strategies for reasoning and conceptual understanding, not mindless practice and memorization, are key to students’ academic success! This book provides the practical guidance and a sensible set of wisely differentiated tactics that recognize diverse learners and have the potential to make us all better mathematics teachers.”

Steve Leinwand, principal research analyst, American Institutes for Research

The Fact Tactics Fluency Program will be a welcome addition to any elementary mathematics classroom! In this book, Juli Dixon provides teachers with a systematic approach for helping students learn basic multiplication facts and build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding. Instead of drill and kill, this program uses a strategy-focused order of instruction that helps students make connections as they use known facts to derive unknown facts. The engaging, student-centered, interactive activities emphasize the role reasoning and sense-making play in learning and understanding multiplication facts.”

Latrenda Knighten, mathematics content trainer, Louisiana
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