Greet your students as they enter. When everyone is settled, ask them to remember back to when they learned their multiplication tables.
- Which tables were the hardest for you to learn? (Multiplying by 7 or 12 is often the hardest.)
- Did anyone teach you any tricks that helped you out? (Allow a few students to share. Some tricks might include remembering that the digits to a 9 multiplication problem always equal 9 [3×9=27, 2+7=9; 5×9=45, 4+5=9, etc.], or when multiplying 7 x 8 just think “5-6-7-8” [56=7×8], etc.)
- Did you figure out any tricks that made multiplication (or any other subjects) easier for you? What were you able to pass on to others? (Allow a few students to answer; be prepared to share your own experience.)
One of the great things about mastering a skill or getting through an experience for the first time is that we can share our hard-earned knowledge with others. Let’s watch how these students are sharing their experiences in a way that helps others.
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