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Multiplication Fact Fluency Is Coming!

Later this week, the Education Department will roll out a Multiplication Fact Fluency program.  Much like Numerical Fluency for Addition and Subtraction facts, the Multiplication Fact Fluency program will assess students’ abilities not only to recall the products of their multiplication facts in families 0 – 12 quickly and accurately, but also to understand the math behind those facts and use their number sense to find answers that they may not have yet mastered.

All of you have heard me talk over the years about Memorization vs. Construction—nowhere is this discussion more relevant than when teaching children multiplication. I have attached this discussion again in a format that can be printed and distributed to Instructors, students or parents: Multiplication Fact Fluency [1]

This is why Mathnasium’s Multiplication Fact Fluency program is a multi–step process which includes mastery of prerequisite skills, Prescriptives, verbal interaction with Instructors, manipulatives, Workbooks, and structured reinforcement over an appropriate period of time.  While awareness and competency may be accomplished through a Prescriptive, mastery for most students will come days or months in the future and will require significant repetition and practice in a way that we are not necessarily accustomed to administering at Mathnasium.

For this reason, you will see some new things in this program:

In the near future, you may even see recommendations for apps students can use as they practice their facts at home!

We will stay true to our beliefs and work in favor of understanding and strategy over memorization, but please be aware that the two may not look as distinct as they have in the past for this particular purpose.

Keep watching Mathnasium Matters for more updates!

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6 Comments To "Multiplication Fact Fluency Is Coming!"

#1 Comment By Barry Fausnaugh On June 13, 2016 @ 7:42 pm


This fills in what I believe has been a significant gap in our program. Thank you to the entire education department!

#2 Comment By Sylvia McLellan On June 13, 2016 @ 9:11 pm

Thanks also for the “fact sheet”. It will be very helpful to bring instructors and parents up-to-speed. A bit of copy-editing – bottom of page 1, the word “not” is missing in a very significant sentence about learning. It makes a difference to the meaning…

#3 Comment By Mathnasium Matters On June 14, 2016 @ 9:34 am

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! The Multiplication Fact Fluency supplementary document has been updated.

#4 Comment By Holly Lee On June 15, 2016 @ 5:38 am

Great news.. I would love to see a Mathnasium branded APP we recommend versus another company app.

#5 Comment By Matt Yeager On June 15, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

I’m so excited to see this! Thank you for actively working to address needs in our curriculum!

#6 Comment By Susie Mikaloff On June 21, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

The training was excellent. This will help so many kids!