Strategies for Teaching Math
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Instructional Strateties for Teaching DoubleDigit Multiplication Strategies
Before teaching doubledigit multiplication, it is preferable for students to have a complete understanding of repeated addition and to know their basic multiplication facts well. Students lacking these skills will become frustrated with doubledigit multiplication, as it will require more time and will cause students to lose sight of the steps of each procedure.
Today's Instructional Strategies for Teaching MathYears ago there seemed to be only one way of teaching multiplication, and that was what we now call the long multiplication method. We did it over and over again until we had the math procedure memorized. I didn't realize when I learned to do it, that I was acturally taking one of the numbers apart and multiplying its pieces by the other number. Today, math is being taught in an entirely different way than years ago. Children are expected to understand the concept behind the procedure. Because of this, there are numerous instructional strategies for teaching math and ways of doing math problems that can help children make sense of what is being done. To those of us who learned it one way, this may be hard to understand, but it really does work well for students especially when introduced in the beginning of their learning. After teaching my students the lattice method first, then the box method, and ending with the long multiplication method, I was surprised by the choices of strategies. Almost everyone chose the lattice method, while a few students chose the other two methods. The students who chose the box method, were ones that were weak with basic multiplication facts, and had difficulty drawing the lattice box. The students who chose the long multiplication method were ones who were rapid learners and knew their basic multiplication facts well. With all of these strategies for teaching math concepts, it is important to let the child decide which method is best for him. Multiplication is a great example of method variety as it shows the skills that are important for each method to be accomplished. 



