There are so many great ways to teach multi digit multiplication now! I remember being in school “way back when” and we learned one way, the only way, the standard algorithm. Now there are many other models for kids to work with, and most of them help build an understanding of mathematical relationships between numbers. Two methods I find to be helpful are the “Box Method” and the “Partial Products Method.” Eventually students move on to the standard algorithm (“old school”) and the partial products/box methods help them to understand the steps! Continue reading
Knowing multiplication facts help students see the patterns and relationships between numbers that are needed to be successful in other areas of math! Division, renaming fractions, and balancing equations are just a few examples where being able to recall facts quickly and correctly are extremely helpful!
So what do you do as a teacher or a parent of upper elementary or older students who have not mastered the multiplication facts? Continue reading