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By Barbara Grimm
Everyday Education 

Automaticity Frees Mind To Learn New Concepts


1 times 1 equals _____? 2 times 2 equals _____? 9 times 9 equals _____? Is the sound of “a” in “have” a “short a” or a “long a?”

If you just “knew” the answers to these simple questions, chances are good that you have repeated the answers enough to achieve automaticity. Automaticity is the process of being able to do things or know things without having to think about them from a conscious level. “2 times 2 equals 4” comes automatically to most people because, at some point in their educational journey, they had to memorize their times tables.

Students can “get...

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