Tom Snyder’s FASTT Math moves beyond simple drill and practice

Tom Snyder previewed new software for developing fluency with basic math facts and computation in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Called FASTT Math (Fluency and Automaticity through Systematic Teaching with Technology), the software moves beyond simple drill and practice to provide a continuously adaptive program that effectively increases math fluency in customized, 10-minute daily sessions, Tom Snyder says. Developing automatic recall of basic math facts enables students to focus on higher-order math skills such as advanced computation, problem solving, and algebra, the company notes. Because FASTT Math has built-in, ongoing assessment, students receive targeted instruction and practice on the facts they struggle with. The program presents these new facts in manageable chunks that are interspersed with known facts in practice sessions. This “expanding recall” technique has been proven to help students move newly acquired facts from their working memory to their long-term memory, the company says. The product was expected to launch officially at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) annual conference in April 2005.

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