Teaching Multiplication Times Tables Math Methods!

 

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Maths one: Let It Make Sense

Let us strive to teach for understanding of mathematical ideas and procedures, the "why" something works, and not only the "how".

This understanding, as I am positive you recognize, doesn't always come immediately. It may take even several years to grasp an idea. For example, place value is something children understand partially at first, and then that deepens over a few years.

This is why plenty of math curricula use spiraling: they come back to an idea the next year, and the next. And this can be excellent if not completed excessively (like for 5-6 years is probably excessive).

The next year's schoolbook won't necessarily present the idea at the same level - the presentation might be difficult. If a child doesn't "get it", they might require a very basic instruction for the idea again.

However, spiraling also has its own pitfalls: if your child doesn't get an idea, don't blindly "trust" the spiraling and think, "Well, they gets it the next year when the book comes back around to it."

The "how" something works is often called procedural understanding: the child knows how to work long division, or the procedure of fraction addition or fraction division, for example. It is often feasible to learn the "how" mechanically without understanding why it works. Procedures learned this way are often forgotten very basically.

The relationship between the "how" and the "why" - or between procedures and ideas - is complex. doesn't always come before the other, and it also varies from child to child. And, conceptual and procedural understanding actually help each other: conceptual knowledge (understanding the "why") is important for the development of procedural fluency, while fluent procedural knowledge supports the development of further understanding and learning.

Try alternating the instruction: teach how to add fractions, and let the student practice. Then report why it works. Return to some practice. Back and forth. Finally it ought to 'stick' - but it might be next year in lieu of this, or after 6 months in lieu of in this month.

As a rule of thumb, don't leave a subject until the student both knows "how", and understands the "why".

Tip: you can often check a student's understanding of a subject by asking HIM to produce an example, preferably with a picture or other illustration: "Tell me an example of multiplying fractions by whole numbers, and draw a picture." Whatever gets produced can tell the teacher a lot about what has been understood.


Tilly’s Tables unique number image system uses proven visual and auditory memory hooks based on a universally acclaimed technique called “mnemonics” that will help your child learn multiplication facts quickly and be able to recall numbers with ease. The number image system employs Imagination and Association in order to create a tangible image of the multiplication tables in your child's minds eye.

 

"Imagination and Association" are the key to success.

 

According to the worlds leading authority on memory and learning; Tony Buzan. The two most important core principles for improving memory are Imagination and Association.

 

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Independent Review:

 

We at Kids Book Review love anything that can help children learn and these brand new times table flashcards are just the ticket for skills in numeracy.Read More

 

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Times tables key to good maths, inspectors say:

 

Primary schools which fail to teach times tables by heart are condemning children to a lifetime struggling with numbers, inspectors have warned.Read More

 

Thanks to The Telegraph .com

 

 

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Jane Yuille, Author, Teacher.
Billanook College

 

 

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