Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New way to multiply!

Here's a new way that I have taught students to multiply.  Yes, yes, I know...this is TOTALLY different than the way us old people learned to multiply.  Through the years, I have seen this helping SO many students when they move on to algebra.  This is taking the Distributive Property of Multiplication and applying it in the early grades.  We expand the numbers, multiply them, and then add our products.  I have even began doing this myself when I am multiplying.  Old habits are hard to break.  But I have accepted this as MY WAY to multiply double digit numbers!

This is sideways....I couldn't get it to turn.  But we made notes into our math journals about this method.  Here is an example from Jacob Jones...

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