Mathematical Misconceptions? Quiz.

1. Algorithms (traditional procedures for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) are
(necessary / not necessary) to be a mathematician.

2. The sooner a person learns the basic facts the better. (True or False)

3. The (earlier / later) children start to learn the traditional algorithms the better.

4. Countries that score (lower / higher) in mathematics than the United States spend more time on algorithm instruction and start earlier.

5. Children and some animals (are / are not) born with the ability to recognize the value of 1, 2, and 3.

6. Students; inaccuracies with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division usually (are / are not) due to procedural errors.

7. Students who use calculators have (higher / lower) math achievement.

8. Rote learning (does / doesn’t) interfere(s) with number and operation sense making.

9. Practice without conceptual understanding (will / will not) enhance learning.

10. Practice without prior experience with other methods (will / will not) enhance understanding.

11. Practice seems to legitimize a single procedure and (enhances / limits) students’ computational fluency.

12. Technology (has / has not) made the need to understand obsolete.

13. Teaching is most often organized linearly and inclusive of selected topics. (True or False)