I thought the blog format would be a great place to share a math teaching ah-hah moment I had on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Usually a day that the students are a little checked out on with the three day weekend approaching.
As a lot of my colleagues, my students have been struggling mightily with two digit multiplication. Before getting to multiplying with decimals, this step usually leaves me and the students highly frustrated. Of course this usually leads to the discussion that today's students just don't know their facts. "In my day..." Ya, I know you had to walk uphill both ways in your bare feet, is what the students usually tell me.
Back to math, our junior intermediate divisions have decided to have a mini focus on math facts during the month of October. The students are completing daily activities (times table challenge) and games (multiplication bingo) for prizes and 'bragging rights'. This is having a real positive effect on our students ability to quickly manipulate single digit multiplication.