# Finger Counters and Dot Counters and Foot Tappers, Oh My!

By Mathnasium | Added May 5, 2016

Photo credit: Blue Ribbon News

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 5, 2016) Picture this scenario.

A teacher asks a classroom of students:

“If you spend 70 cents, 80 cents, and 90 cents, how much did you spend altogether?”

The teacher is thinking,

“7 + 8 + 9 = 24.  With a zero at the end, the answer would be 240 cents.”

However, the finger or dot counting students, which is sadly too many of them, are thinking,

“7 + 8 = 7…8…9…10…11…12…13…14…15,” then “15 + 9 = 15…16…17…18…19…20…21…22…23…24…25 (oops).”

Many times, children who use these techniques get the wrong answer because they either count too many or too few due to losing track of where they are.

Now, since the process of “getting it wrong” is not surprisingly, uninspiring and time–consuming, many students report being “bored” in math class. In addition, the process has taken so long that the student...

Read on for more insights from Bob and Becky Barnes, owners of Mathnasium of Rockwall-Heath: Finger Counters and Dot Counters and Foot Tappers, Oh My!