Starter, Multiplying

times tables with the counting stick 

This is a wonderful example of teaching techniques using a counting stick. This video, taken from a lecture at Bath Spa University, shows Jill Mansergh helping a group of trainee teachers learn the 17 times table. The 17 times table is demonstrated to ensure that the trainees are outside their 'comfort zone' and go through the learning process, in a similar fashion to most children.

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Simple multiplication strategies using arraysMultiplying two numbers can easily be thought of as finding the area of a rectangle. It is simple, direct and very visual strategy.

Using an array of objects or marks can help young children grasp the concept more quickly.

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