While many feel that "drill and kill"-- that is, learning the number facts by memorizing them is not necessary, I would just like to share that it does make life easier later on. I teach fifth grade, and when we are doing more challenging problems and activities, those who "know" their facts feel more successful. They are not bogged down with figuring out simple multiplication tasks in a multiple step problem. When children feel successful and that they know these things, they are happier and more willing to investigate the tougher math problems. Just my opinion.
On Wed Apr 23 17:02:35 2003, Hannah, interested student wrote Re. math learning and success rates:
>I have a quick question for anyone who feels like they can answer: I >have been trying to do research on different learning/teaching >approaches to math in younger grades. I am wondering if early >memorization of the times tables leads to more success in later years >of doing math, or if it makes any difference at all. Ie, if a child >learns their times tables by rote at a young age, will they find math >easier as they progress though the grades? Thanks so much to anyone >who can provide information to my question!! >