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From: Randy

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1999030203:33:39
Subject: Math

I have a few students with specific learning disabilities in my 6th
grade class. I teach multiplication facts by having all my
students chant the multiples. I write the multiples on the board. The
students read the numbers as I point to them. I control the tempo and
pace. I usually tap the numbers on the board with a wooden pointer so
they also get an auditory cue. I don't let them blabber away. 

I start with 2's, 5's, and 10's because they are the easiest to
remember. I have the kids look for the patterns in the products and
listen to the rhythm as they say them. 

"2-4-6-8-10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24" After a while, the kids start
"rapping" the multiples. After a while, you'll find each multiple has
its own rhythm and beat. They pause at the same time. Continue at the
same time. (I thinks it's because they all run out of breath at the
same time.) "3-6-9-12-15-18-21-24-27-30---33-36" 

Because it gets so noisy, I have them whisper, say it to themselves,
and say it in a normal voice, but never let them shout. I do let them
bounce, sway, and tap their toes, but not pound on their desks, which
they invariably want to do. 

For follow-up, they can write the multiples on paper as they chant to
themselves. They can do this for homework. 

Hope this helps.


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