High Yield Math Routines are short instructional routines that are interactive and participatory for students and are drawn from research-based practices. The routines focus on developing number sense, computational fluency, conceptual understanding and nurture the development of mathematics competencies such as visualization, using mental math strategies, communicating understanding, justifying and explaining approaches and results, etc. They are “low” in investment (time, prep, etc) but “high” in value in terms of mathematical thinking, understanding and communication.
During the 2014-2015 school year, several K-9 teachers in our district used the NCTM published book High-Yield Routines to inspire their instructional practice. Samples of students’ and teachers’ experiences with these routines were collected and compiled in the following document: