Why Kids Don’t Know Their Multiplication Tables-Part 2

Inefficient Instruction.

If you read Part 1, you know that mastering multiplication is hard. But it’s not impossible, right? I mean any decent educator with a deck of flash cards can whip just about any student in to shape eventually, right?

But teachers rarely get to teach 1-on-1 and when they switch to teaching large groups, their instruction has to generalize. They turn to worksheets, random multiplication games, or flash cards. However, all of these methods lack the benefits that intelligent instruction can provide.

Specifically, worksheets, flash cards, and most games aren’t able to prioritize fact presentation based on how well the student knows each individual fact. And second, they aren’t able to be strategic in how they move knowledge form short-term to long-term memory.

Random drill and kill–a surefire recipe for failure.


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4 Responses to Why Kids Don’t Know Their Multiplication Tables-Part 2

  1. Hoping for an app says:

    I saw in another blog comment (from last January) that you were planning a Timez Attack app. How is it coming along? I know that lots of us are hoping it will be ready soon. Great game but an app would be fantastic!

  2. There are more distractions these days. Online games are a useful tool for kids who get bored easily with flash card drills.

  3. Jodi says:

    Traditional methods of teaching rote math facts was like pulling teeth. My kids now ask to play the game. -a homeschooling mom