In all my years of teaching I have never seen anything so perfectly constructed to teach everyone multiplication. It has four great lessons right at the beginning that set up a solid foundation on which to build before really launching in. The decks are carefully calculated to bolster the self-confidence and by the time they begin to near the end they are totally amazed at how easy and fun it is Every teacher I have taught this to says the same thing that I think, “Oh, how I wish I could have been taught this way. I would have learned to love math.” The young instructors say, “When I have children, this is how I want to teach them.”
For the last couple weeks we have been spending quite a bit of time at the elementary school teaching the Math Hacked system for the times tables to the students in the 4th and 5th grades to the students that are really struggling. All the children are seeing us teaching this in the halls to individual students and they are begging us to give them a turn. They come to us during recess and noon break hoping to be included. One boy that had come begging three times before finally got a turn when we got to his class. Yes, he really needed the practice but as we moved through it he suddenly realized he was understanding it and he started to laugh as if he were being tickled. Every answer he got after that tickled him so much he could hardly hold still. That boy came back every break there after. He is getting it!
We are really finding where we can make the most impact. That place is in the Chief Taylor school working with the fourth and fifth grades. We are working with 74 students right now, tutoring one-on-one, teaching multiplication. Every day we work just as fast as we can go and manage about 35 students a day. On average we give each one 15 min. each session. Our plan is to get enough of these children through the whole program so that in every class we have several trained to teach their peers. It is a lofty goal but since there are about 250 students in 4th and 5th grade we can’t do it alone and teaching the review keeps their learning fresh in their brains.