## Learning Multiplication is More than Memorization!

I have a vivid memory of learning multiplication in third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Bowman, drew three circles on the chalkboard. Then she put five milk bottles in each one. She said this is 3…

I have a vivid memory of learning multiplication in third grade. My teacher, Mrs. Bowman, drew three circles on the chalkboard. Then she put five milk bottles in each one. She said this is 3…

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