Using TouchMath to Improve Computations

Amanda C. Rudolph

This paper discusses the results of a one-week intervention that focused on teaching TouchMath basics to third-grade students in an effort to increase their speed and accuracy in computation. Computations with single-digit addition and subtraction and up to three or four digits in addition and subtraction with and without regrouping were tested. Student attitude, student achievement, and teacher attitude and skills were evaluated.

"The TouchMath strategies seem to help all students regardless of their math ability...students in EC (Exceptional Children), those receiving Title I services, as well as those in AIG (Academically-Intellectually Gifted)."

The study also concludes that the majority of students find TouchMath useful, while the simplicity of the program makes it easy to teach.