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Teaching ADHD student multiplication table

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Sep 21, 1998 at 17:46:31
Subject: Re: Teaching ADHD student multiplication table

What sorts of strategies have you already tried with her?  Have you helped
her make a multiplication table?  There are many patterns to be found, once
the table is constructed.  How about using counters to work out the facts,
and record them?  (i.e. 4x 7 is 4 groups of 7, or 7 groups of 4 depending on
how you look at it).  You can also build rectangles using graph paper.  Make
side of the rectangle as long as one of the factors and the other as long as
the other factor.  Complete the rectangle, and count the number of squares
inside the border.

You can also play the game of points and lines. In this game, you and your
partner each choose a one-digit number. You draw lines horizontally, and your
partner crosses those lines vertically.  At each intersection of the line
there is a point, which you can color darker.  Yu and your partner try to
guess the number of intersections without counting them, then count to see if
you are correct. (I wish I could draw this, as it would be easier if you
could see it)

Hope these ideas hit the spot.

-Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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