Is it possible to think about Times Tables when the snow-keeps-a-coming?!
Interesting addition to my ‘Intermediate math’ presentation agenda- (first ‘talk’ is in 11 days, and then pretty much one per week into May, so for BICS talk on 5th March- wish me luck my first goes well!)… THE MOST ASKED QUESTION of me as teacher EVER, is: How do I get my child to learn their Times Tables? Well, I plan to talk about some of the methods I use, but feel so thrilled that have worked on a ‘program’ that is proving to work… and FAST. A recent ‘new’ student claimed to know (well, count up in) every Times Table after only 3 weeks of us working on them- and that has been just 20 mins per week. But why are the blooming things SO vital? Well, here are some math concepts which rely on having a grip on Times Tables:
· Column multiplication
· Worded problems
· Division (big time)
· Addition, subtraction, multiplication & division of fractions
· Common denominators
· Simplifying fractions
· Converting fractions to decimals and percentages
· Circles degrees and angles
· Square/cube numbers
· Square root
· Prime numbers
…. and that is just for starters. Quite amazing. So they are worth knowing FOR SURE.