1. Finger counting is visual period. Visual learners will not always be able to memorize from flash cards. For some, seeing numbers written doesn't help at all, they need to see numbers

2. Finger counting does not discourage memorization. Working through a problem in a way that is effective for the student

3. I have mentioned before, the only time anyone will actually need to calculate fast is when taking a timed test. I personally

4. Finger counting does not disadvantage anyone unless it is strictly forbidden in the class. I finger count at times, I have friends that finger count at times. Many of us have excelled in math intensive studies in spite of (or maybe because of?) this.

Using a different set of items is still using a visual representation of numbers, the only difference is you have your fingers with you at all times. You can't misplace them, and taught properly, you can do larger number equations as well. You won't need a whole bag of them to do 233 + 432.

*represented*in some way. I know a couple of people like this, they did flash cards when in school and no it didn't help at all with memorization.2. Finger counting does not discourage memorization. Working through a problem in a way that is effective for the student

*encourages*memorization. Again, there are people, the more times they count on their fingers to*figure out*the equation puts the equation into the "I did it myself, so I have an easier time remembering next time" category. I have seen this happen too, it's how I memorized the equations I have memorized.3. I have mentioned before, the only time anyone will actually need to calculate fast is when taking a timed test. I personally

*do not*agree with timed tests for many reasons, not the least of which is they inhibit many people from showing their true potential. Someone who can figure out a complex math problem using their fingers**can still figure out a complex math problem**. Failing them because they can't do it fast enough is just plain dumb.4. Finger counting does not disadvantage anyone unless it is strictly forbidden in the class. I finger count at times, I have friends that finger count at times. Many of us have excelled in math intensive studies in spite of (or maybe because of?) this.

Using a different set of items is still using a visual representation of numbers, the only difference is you have your fingers with you at all times. You can't misplace them, and taught properly, you can do larger number equations as well. You won't need a whole bag of them to do 233 + 432.

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