In education, there is a lot of discussion regarding fluency.  NCTM has a position statement that is worth reading.  Students should develop a conceptual understanding through problem solving and derive strategies for determining solutions.  (We have another video on that topic.)

Practice is essential for building fluency.  However, that practice should be engaging and purposeful.  There are many ways to do this through problem solving.  In this episode, we will discuss challenges that involve fluency but also require higher-order thinking skills.  These are challenging, engaging, and fun!

Most of these tasks are most appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students, but the ideas could be adapted for younger students.  None of these ideas are original, but you can adapt them to make additional challenges.  If I was able to find an original source, it is documented.

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