As a high school math teacher, far too often I find that my students are missing essential math skills. It can be anything from being able to add to fractions to graphing an equation. Why do they seem to have these problems? Weren’t they taught arithmetic in elementary school? From what I can tell, it seems that they were taught this information and then almost immediately able to use a calculator to “check” their work. Do you really think they are checking their work? Maybe. I know that my daughter does the work and then checks it with a calculator, but she is definitely not the norm. She only does this because I insist on it. What about the students that don’t have math teachers as their mother? They typically do their homework in their room with the aid of a calculator. Once they get to high school, they can’t function without it. Now, I am not saying that I am against them. I really like the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. I have been using it since it came out. I even teach with it. I like to give my students the ability to do things with and without technology in order for their minds to wrap around different concepts. My problem is that once students see that they can use the calculator for something, they don’t even bother to try to do it by hand first. I attempted to solve the problem by teaching by hand, then by calculator, then have a no calculator assessment and a separate calculator assessment. It seems to work out well except sometimes the students get caught up in it because they can’t do fractions! I have come to the conclusion that when my high school students have some down time, I will have to start giving them fraction worksheets. And, no, they may not use their calculator!