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.