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Multiplication method?


BryRon
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We have adopted a method to doing multiplication, and I want to see if anyone else is doing it this way:

 

Problem: 8 x 4

Solution: 8 + 8 + 8 + 8

8 + 8 = 16 and 8 + 8 = 16

16 + 16 = 32

 

I don't know if this is the "right" way to teach it, but it seems to get the point across, which I think is the point, right? Can anyone foresee any potential problems with doing it this way?

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I am glad that I am at least headed in the right direction....

 

Perfectly fine! You want them to understand multiplication as repeated addition. Eventually they will memorize the end result and not need to go through the steps. Until then, flexibility and seeing a variety of ways to get there is a good thing. :)
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