Multiplication fluency is an essential component for success in algebra. As students begin to move forward with their mathematical learning, slow recall of multiplication facts hinders their progress.
Having to spend extra time recalling or calculating basic multiplication facts requires as much focus as learning the new algebra concepts and leads to frustration for many students. In contrast, algebra learners with a firm grasp of their basic math facts are able to pay close attention to the newly presented algebra concepts. This allows them to process and master the algebra faster than a learner who is spending valuable time counting on their fingers or using tally marks to determine basic multiplication facts.
Offer your upper elementary and middle school students PLENTY of opportunities to practice multiplication fluency in fun and engaging ways. Games, puzzles, and interactive practice will keep students motivated to work on their multiplication fluency. Repeated practice helps cement the facts in a learner's brain and gives them a chance for positive experiences in subsequent math classes. You have the opportunity to set your students up for a better mathematical future by helping them master their facts!
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