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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Multiplication tables

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From: Ava Fisher

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1999012516:07:54
Subject: Multiplcation Tables

Rather than trying to get your son to memorize information without understanding the concept can be very difficult to accomplish. The brain needs to make connections inorder to transfer information to its long-term memory. Try explaining the patterns that are present in the multiplcation facts. Example: let's look at the nines 1 x 9 = 09 0 + 9 = 9 0 is 1 less that 1 2 x 9 = 18 1 + 8 = 9 1 is 1 less than 2 3 x 9 = 27 2 + 7 = 9 2 is 1 less than 3 Using this pattern the next product 4 x 9 3 ( 1 less than 4) and 6 3 + 6 = 9 --- 36 There are other interesting patterns associated with each set of multiplcation factors. Discover them and watch how much better your son remembers his "times".

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