Schools’ new approach to math frustrates parents

Posted on: 1:09 pm, January 29, 2014, by , updated on: 02:37pm, February 3, 2014

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This is the new way some schools are teaching multiplication. 

Your kids can probably do it.  Can you? 

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Teachers and students love it, most parents don’t get it, but once you see it…

it could change how you crunch numbers!

Monday on WQAD News 8 at 10

8 comments

  • Rachel M says:

    This method is great if all you want to do is multiply numbers. But when these students get to Algebra, they have no concept of how to multiply polynomials. I spend a lot of time re-teaching multiplication skills…

    • Amymarie says:

      I agree! This can be used as a strategy for struggling students, but not as the main way to learn multiplication. Our kids should have their basic facts memorized!

  • retired1998 says:

    There is a good 15 minute video on New math at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1qee-bTZI

    The type of problem you are showing on your news page is at 5:00 but please listen to the whole 15 minutes it is very informative!

  • Emilee says:

    I’m almost 27 and I wish I had learned this when I was younger! Love how easy it is!

  • Knowing basic addition and multiplication is key. Since standardized tests are timed, you may want to learn and use the most efficient strategy.

  • RMER says:

    14*56 is 784…. so I’m not seeing how they end up with the FINAL answer above? I see how they lattice out the problem…ok yeah fine…but how do the kids end up with the FINAL answer? I’m not seeing that someone care to explain? Thanks

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