tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post5955142665622382905..comments2019-01-13T23:40:15.839+11:00Comments on Rambling Teacher's Blog: Should kids learn times tables?Rambling Teacherhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03004508814421590201noreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-4854606167488770522017-07-28T19:27:27.108+10:002017-07-28T19:27:27.108+10:00My daughter had a hard time learning the times tab...My daughter had a hard time learning the times table.<br />So I wrote an android application to assist her :)<br /><br />Each exercise kids solve helps them to feed the cute panda.<br />You can get daily reminders to feed the panda (solve exercises) and kids get rewarded with trophies upon goals completion.<br /><br />* Currently the application is only for Android phones *<br /> <a href="https://goo.gl/9QutZx" rel="nofollow">https://goo.gl/9QutZx</a>עמיחיhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14668281439995364650noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-1651527377936890542014-10-19T22:22:02.252+11:002014-10-19T22:22:02.252+11:00I just wanted to endorse your notion that it is on...I just wanted to endorse your notion that it is only necessary to learn the times tables up to ten. For early 30 years I have bucked against the archaic notion that times tables should be memorized through the twelves. I believe memorization through the 12s actually <i>hampers</i> a more complete understanding of multiplication, because, a) it creates a false idea that somehow mutiplication beyond the 12s is somehow more difficult than the twelves, and b) it fails to imbue children with an understanding of the Distributive Property.<br /><br />Nothing beyond the 9s are necessary to use the standard multiplication algorithms, and the tens are necessary for understanding the significance of place value. Anything beyond that is, at best, a waste of time.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-78851598266313479732014-01-20T20:50:15.688+11:002014-01-20T20:50:15.688+11:00Thank you, Anonymous. You are right that, in this ...Thank you, Anonymous. You are right that, in this post, I did not discuss whether the curriculum should include certain topics. I took the school curriculum as a given. The post was simply an answer to the question I get asked by parents who want their students to succeed in high school mathematics (years 7 to 12 in Australia).<br />As for whether fractions are needed, my answer is yes but certainly not to the extent covered in the school curriculum. I see little point in fraction operations and in mixed numbers. A good sense of partitioning and "equivalent partitions" is much more important.<br />I want to apologise for not publishing your comment earlier. I had missed the email notification that it was awaiting moderation.Rambling Teacherhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03004508814421590201noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-70375998392089101112013-12-21T19:28:43.491+11:002013-12-21T19:28:43.491+11:00When should children learn to walk? or to talk?
O...When should children learn to walk? or to talk?<br /><br />Or, when should children learn quadratic equations? Or surds? Or about geometric intuition for the tensor product of vector spaces?<br /><br />What criteria separates needing to learn to do something from learning something because we might need to? Because it is part of the curriculum? Government expectations? Parent expectations? The need to fill in the school day? Or because we had to learn it when we were at school?<br /><br />I don't disagree with anything you've written, it is just that you never answered the question as to why anyone needs to learn fractions.... because maybe the answer to how and when comes from there.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-718237253872562202013-09-23T17:29:08.190+10:002013-09-23T17:29:08.190+10:00Thank you for the comment, Jaide. I have taken a q...Thank you for the comment, Jaide. I have taken a quick look at your blog and it looks like a worthwhile read. I will visit again soon.Rambling Teacherhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03004508814421590201noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-62191577975886756502013-09-23T15:11:05.828+10:002013-09-23T15:11:05.828+10:00Thank you for clearing this issue up. As a new rel...Thank you for clearing this issue up. As a new relief teacher I noticed a yr 1 teacher teaching her students the times tables songs. As i had just introduced groupings to my Yr 2 students I was confused on when multiplication should be introduced. Multiplication is not route learning random facts, so thank you for sharing <br /><br />missdanielsadventures.blogspot.com.auJaide Danielshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17836243721641406011noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-32168627927105203312013-08-22T18:46:19.187+10:002013-08-22T18:46:19.187+10:00Thank you for your comment, Anonymous. I had writt...Thank you for your comment, Anonymous. I had written the post with parents in mind.Rambling Teacherhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03004508814421590201noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28079520.post-45704603747791256712013-08-22T17:19:56.571+10:002013-08-22T17:19:56.571+10:00Thanks for this. As a parent, it is useful to get ...Thanks for this. As a parent, it is useful to get some pointers on ways to make rote learning of the times tables more relevant.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com