I’ve been assigned a math class this year. I’m not exactly well-suited to teach math; I struggled with it as a student, and really never made it past pre-algebra in high school. For some reason–even though, after 16 years as a teacher, I know that in middle school, when and where I should have mastered mathematical concepts, I suffered the two worst teachers of my extensive career as a student–this has been a source of enduring shame for me.
Nonetheless, I’m charged with teaching the subject. My students certainly deserve a better math teacher than I am–something I mention to them a couple of times a week. We’ve started with a review of basic operations for assessment purposes, and we are doing well. I’m cautiously optimistic about my ability to help my students move forward.
In any case, here are four addition worksheets and their answer keys that I wrote for this class. There are a number of things I’m trying to assess with this preliminary work in the subject, one of the most important of which is any given student’s fund of working memory, a cognitive ability simply essential for math. You will see some problems repeat in different orders in an attempt to see if student recognize that they’ve seen the problem before. Also, using the same problem in different order gives students a chance to rehearse the commutative law of addition and teachers a chance to assess students’ understanding of this key concept in basic operations of mathematics.
If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.