With the times tables tests coming to primary schools by 2019, this might be the opportune time to start thinking about how to get kids optimally engaged for what is an essential but daunting learning curve for under 11s.
The times table tests are being implemented because learning the times tables is a crucialstepping stone required for children to undertake long multiplication and long division.
In the digital age we live in, going back to learning times tables by rote seems like an archaic form of learning, which is likely to be difficult for the already stretched teaching profession,so coming up with enjoyable paths of learning for both the educator and the student is more than likely the best option.
Being creative with your learning techniques is also more constructive in not only teaching multiplication but mathematics in general, however, in real life we know that coming up with inventive, intuitive lessons and implementing those ideas can be very time-consuming.
With this in mind, EducationCity has undertaken some thorough research, using their own experience, in creating resources for teachers and students, whilst working in coordination with schools, and have created a piece called Creative Ways of Teaching Times Tables.
The piece looks at the foundations of teaching multiplication covering Key Stages 1 & 2, and discusses key elements to ensure students’ progression in mathematics from an early age!
Practicality and engagement being vital, it also looks at real-life scenarios which teachers can apply, as well as reviewing how parents can get involved too.
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