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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Multiplication table

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From: Mark

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2008072012:42:22
Subject: The Mad Minute Drill

Although learning the concept of how multipliation and addition are related can be extremely helpful, sometimes a student just needs some motivation and a bit of teacher creativity to learn the times tables. I have found by using a sheet of 100 basic mult. facts and telling the students to do them in a specific order (left to right), and timing them in one minute. Improvement is shown rapidly over a short time. The catch is when you go to correct the examples, the student score is based on the number of correct consecutive answers. In other words, even if the student does 35 examples in a minute; if the first 12 are correct, but the 13th is wrong, then their score is 12. The 13th example must be recorded on a post-it, index card, or a small piece of paper. The student must learn only that one example before the next Mad Minute Drill. When the next drill takes place is up to you. It may take place at the end of the session or even the next day. When you repeat the drill, you use the same exact 100 example practice sheet, and the student follows the same order for answering. Remind the student they are competing against themselves. Learning one example a day is definitely a realisic goal.

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