Multiplication facts can be difficult to learn, and difficult to teach. Luckily, there are strategies that we can use to help us teach the multiplication facts more effectively so that every student can be successful.
One thing that we can do is use mental math strategies that make the calculations easier to understand. Although memorization is still a goal, we want our students to have effective, efficient strategies to fall back on. Read more about effective strategies for multiplication HERE.
Another thing that we can do is teach the facts in a strategic order. When I first started teaching multiplication, I taught the facts in regular numerical order – the 1’s, then the 2’s, then the 3’s, etc. This is a mistake!
Instead, we want to teach the easiest facts first, and leave the hard ones til last. Why? Simple! Because when we teach like this, we teach students the majority of the basic facts before things even begin to get challenging! This is very motivating for your students, as they can see their progress and how rapidly they are learning their facts.
This free guide will explain my suggested order of teaching the basic multiplication facts. This will result in maximum confidence, motivation, and success. Just click on the image below to have the guide sent to your inbox.
Would you rather watch the video version? I’ve uploaded a video version of this guide below: