## 3 Foolproof Ways to Teach Multiplication for the Best Results

Let me show you the 3 methods I use to conceptually teach multiplication to my third-grade students – and they always work! The gateway to learning algebra and higher forms of mathematics is multiplication or…

Most teachers report that students struggle with multiplication fluency.  In fact, the problem is pervasive enough that even my son’s eighth-grade math teacher said the same thing at his Back To School Night presentation to the…

## How to Teach the Area of Irregular Shapes

My class has been learning to find the area of shapes for a few weeks now.  But now it was time to move on to find the area of irregular shapes.  So far, my students…

## Distributive Property of Multiplication – How To Break It Down

Did you ever think that as a third-grade teacher or even as an elementary teacher you would be teaching the Distributive Property of Multiplication?  When I started teaching over 30 years ago, there weren’t even…

## 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…