Learning to Multiply and Divide Strategies Book
Recent brain research is helping us understand that we should learn our facts, not memorize them. There are many different ways to teach students the multiplication and division facts. Students learn in their own way. They learn better and retain their learning longer when they integrate their learning into their every day life and when they can make sense of what they have learned. A good teacher will provide many different strategies so that students can personalize their own learning.
The effective strategies discussed in the Learning to Multiply and Divide Strategies Book include:
- Use visual strategies. Draw diagrams and build models.
- Use all the intelligences – particularly the kinesthetic.
- Personalize. Recognize student strengths and build on those.
- Be strategic when focusing on areas of weakness.
- Start from what students know.
- Separate what students do not know into manageable chunks.
- Focus on patterns that integrate what the student knows.
- Teach students how to write tests by focusing on what they know first.
- In large groups use the “mouthing technique” where students mouth the answer rather than say it out loud. This allows more students the time they need to create their personal brain tracks.
- Use the Daily Quiz (DQ) regularly to get feedback on what students have learned.
- Use a variety of strategies.
- Avoid timing in a competitive way. Allow enough time for the slowest writer to finish.
- Make sure your attitude indicates that you believe every student can learn the facts and processes.
- Play games.
- Build on success.
- Read all you can on brain-compatible teaching.
- Have fun.
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