EDUO 9520: Teaching Elementary Mathematics – Multiplication

Instructor: Ron Kremer

You must be currently teaching students to successfully complete this course.

“Multiplication” gives greater meaning to multiplication concepts through interactive activities that the teacher may use with their whole class or in learning centers with small groups. The activities are consistent with common core standards and can easily be adapted to the needs of all students. (Most of the activities have extensions or modifications that allow the teacher to “tailor” the materials to the needs of their students.)

The course is structured so that the teacher can choose the assignments they want to accomplish depending on the number of units (1, 2, or 3) they are taking, or select the assignments most appropriate for the students they are teaching. 1 Credit/Unit (staff training component, 4 student activities 1 extension, 1 reflection) 2 Credits/Units (staff training component, 7 student activities 3 extensions, 2 reflections) 3 Credits/Units (staff training component, 10 student activities 5 extensions, 4 reflections)


From the Instructor

Leaving third grade without memorizing the “times tables” is like going skydiving without a parachute! The fall doesn’t kill you… it’s the sudden stop at the end that’s the problem. Students may “fall” through several grades without too much trouble, until they reach fifth or sixth grade. Suddenly things become overwhelming! For example, one-fifth grade common core standard states:
Apply the formulas V = l x w x h and V = b x h for rectangular prisms to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with whole-number edge lengths. Or for something simpler; estimate trial quotients while solving a long division problem with a two-digit divisor.

By the sixth grade many students still do not have “number fluency.”

This is an interactive, hands-on, experience-based course for teaching multiplication concepts. There are a variety of activities that introduce or reinforce multiplication skills in a range of levels of difficulty, from kindergarten through middle school.

As often as possible the student activities are presented as independent learning centers, but can be easily taught as whole class activities. One disadvantage to whole class activities is the need for enough manipulatives. By working in small groups you only need enough manipulatives for five or six students at a time.

Most of the activities have extensions or modifications that allow the teacher to “tailor” the content to the needs of their students. If there is an activity you wish to use, but it is at a level of difficulty not appropriate for your students the instructor will be pleased to help you modify that activity so that it is appropriate.

By repeated exposure in many different settings students will gradually become familiar with the basic multiplication facts as well as more complex concepts.

  • It is almost “taboo” for teachers to give timed tests to see if their students have memorized the multiplication facts. In this course there are a number of recreational opportunities where, in the process of playing a game, the students will shorten their response time.
  • There are a number of activities where students will create visual models of multiplication facts. For example: arrays or matrices showing rows of candy, or illustrations of repeated additions (like a group of ladybugs on a leaf, all of them with the same number of spots). Building three-dimensional models of rectangular prisms and finding their volumes will give students concrete experience in multiplying three factors.
  • There are several opportunities for students to apply multiplication concepts to real world situations. For example: Doing research on dinosaurs and writing two-step word problems for their classmates to solve.

This course is most appropriate for teachers of second grade through middle school, particularly those who know the importance of experience-based learning in small groups. Teachers who prefer large group instruction will be able to successfully teach this course with sufficient manipulatives.

This course may not be appropriate for teachers who prefer traditional instructional methods.

Turn student frustration and avoidance into self-assurance and mastery with this collection of explorations, games, and puzzles that provide a concrete context for multiplication concepts.

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  • Price: $135 - $405
  • 1-3 Semester Credits/Units
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Instructor: Ron Kremer