At Reasoning Mind, we believe in having a balanced view of concepts and skills rather than concepts versus skills. Students need to have deep conceptual understanding as well as computational fluency. This computational fluency is achieved not by rote memorization of algorithms, but rather as a natural extension of students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical operations. Conceptual understanding and procedural fluency are developed concurrently, with each supporting the other.
Mental math plays an important role in our curriculum programs like Reasoning Mind Foundations because it develops students’ number sense and helps them do simple calculations with ease so that they can focus on the more difficult aspects of problems.
Mental math is explicitly taught in the theory, but it is also practiced in warm-ups, speed games, and multiplayer games like Math Race.