Multiplication Strategies Sure Look Different Nowadays!

Wow times have changed!

I am really impressed with how quickly my students are picking up on implementing different strategies when working on their multiplication activities. I remember back in the day when the only strategy used in school for double digit multiplication was the standard algorithm.

To my grade five students this “standard algorithm” often looks like Greek!

Today my students often find some of the newer “strategies” to be easier!  These newer strategies often look like Greek to my parents!

One of my students’ favorite strategies this year is the use of Lattice Multiplication.  I must admit at first I was quite skeptical, but as the years pass, I find that more and more students have taken to this method for quick, easy calculation.

Now students are familiar with numerous approaches when multiplying, and are choosing methods and strategies that make sense to them (although they don’t always make sense to their parents). Here are some of the most common ones I find students using in my classroom.

Why did the student do multiplication problems on the floor?  The teacher told her not to use tables!

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About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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One Response to Multiplication Strategies Sure Look Different Nowadays!

  1. sylviamalo says:

    Love your examples!

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