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CCSSI Mathematics: Don't punt it away; take skills into the end zone

CCSSI Mathematics: Don't punt it away; take skills into the end zone | Common Core Online |
CCSSI begins a piecemeal approach to multiplication in 2.OA.4: ``Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a ...
Julie Price's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:57 PM

I found this article very insightful. It describes exactly how we are teaching multiplication in the MCPS curriculum in third grade. My mentor and I have been working with students to teach them strategies to work through mutliplication problems. We are now at the point where students should be memorizing them, however, we are having trouble motiviating students to do this. They feel that they do not need to memorize them because they can draw the pictures from one of the many strategies they have learned. While these strategies are important and have given students more of a number sense, they are not efficient. When it comes time to move to more complicated mathematics that involve mutliplication these strategies could even start to confuse students. This article brings forth an important point, which I agree with.

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