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05-06-2005, 07:55 PM
 tracieteaches Companion Join Date: Apr 2005 Posts: 176 PA
Help for students with EMH learning multiplication facts

I am substituting for a teacher who is out on maternity leave. I start Monday. I taught Educable Mentally Handicapped students 14 years ago when I lived in Arkansas. Does anyone know if the spec ed terms are still the same? I now live in PA on the border of NY and am teaching in NY. I observed the teacher for the last three days and will get access to the students IEPs on Monday. Anyway, these kids are obviously EMH. They have all failed one to two years, and read at least 2 years below grade level. None of them have their times tables memorized. I remember struggling with this years ago, and am now facing it again. Has anyone out there been successful with teaching EMH students their mult. facts? Yes, I realize that they can use calculators, but a real understanding of numbers and basic operations is essential to moving into division, decimals, and fractions. I also realize that simply memorizing mult facts doesn't help internalize the relationship among operations (adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division) but it sure makes it faster and less frustrating! HELP! PLEASE!!

#2
05-07-2005, 05:59 AM
 ellen_a Devotee Join Date: Sep 2003 Posts: 1,238 New York Graduate Student
The terms are still technically the same--educable, trainable, etc. are still used when diagnosing MR. However, their use within school systems has really fallen away when talking about classes/students. I've seen these classes called things like Learning Adjustment classes, etc.

How old are these students?

Inverse relationships might help them start to understand this very abstract math. I student taught in a similar class where the students had memorized many of their facts--they first had to skip count (i.e. 8, 16, 24, 32...80) for every number family, then they had to go through flashcards. They did worksheets, games, etc. as well. However, it was primarily rote learning--they did not have an understanding of the mathematical principles behind it. BUT, when we worked on word problems, that mathematical understanding started to come into play. We would look for the key words (i.e. in EACH day, or for the ENTIRE week, etc.) that told them if we were multiplying or dividing.
#3
05-07-2005, 06:02 AM
 Upsadaisy Moderator Join Date: Aug 2002 Posts: 17,699 Florida
I have tutored a developmentally disabled (borderline IQ) student for about 4 years, year-round, and had her in class one year (5th). It took several years to master multiplication facts. I stuck with lower level strategies - demonstrate multiplication as adding (3x6 means adding 6, 3 times), then practice, practice, practice. We also sang multiples - 3, 6, 9, 12 ... to the tune of Frere Jacques. We tossed a ball and alternated multiples with each catch. We threw a ball into a tub and she got a point for landing in the tub and another point for getting the correct answer to a fact. We played multiplication card games (two players each flip two flash cards, the winner has the larger product). I used the simple correct terminology over and over - factor, product. I never once allowed the use of a calculator. She is now in 7th grade. What ages are your students?
#4
05-07-2005, 06:09 AM
 tracieteaches Companion Join Date: Apr 2005 Posts: 176 PA
They are ages 11-13. Some are in the fifth grade. Some are in sixth. Lots of teachers say they can't learn their mult. facts so just let them use a calculator. What about the times that they don't have a calculator. As I understand it, even if there is a mod. on their IEP that says they can use a calculator, they still can't on some standardized tests.
#5
05-07-2005, 06:58 AM
 tracieteaches Companion Join Date: Apr 2005 Posts: 176 PA
I am sure some of the teachers I am referring to in the previous post who say they can't learn mult facts are thinking to themselves,"Who does SHE think she is, they haven't learned the times tables by 5th and 6th grade, and she is going to try to do it in the last 5 weeks of school?!"
#6
05-07-2005, 07:15 AM
 Upsadaisy Moderator Join Date: Aug 2002 Posts: 17,699 Florida
I have had several students who had not mastered multiplication facts by 6th grade. I don't think, unless you devote many many class periods to it, that it is likely to achieve in one period a day, however. Tutoring was very helpful.
#7
05-08-2005, 07:10 AM
 tracieteaches Companion Join Date: Apr 2005 Posts: 176 PA
I have them for 5 class periods. They only leave the resource room twice a day. So I am going to give it a go...I will let you know if I am bald by June 15.
#8
05-08-2005, 08:49 AM
 kristen keenan Rookie Join Date: Mar 2005 Posts: 6 NY
I taught fifth grade for 2 years, and I found that if you make learning fun, they are more interested in learning. I would have the students make up songs or poems for the multiplication facts. There are also songs already out there about the facts. You might want to try Dr. Jean. She has songs for everything! I would also give them an incentive for learning them. You could have the students build a sundae! I am doing this right now with my first graders so they will learn their addition facts. I give them a test on each set of facts (1's, 2's, 3's, etc.) They will earn a part to the sundae for every 100 they get. You could even lower it to every 85 or whatever you feel would be mastery for your students. My students really worked hard at home because they wanted to earn their sundae. Some of the parts include: a bowl, spoon, vanilla icecream, chocolate icecream, strawberry iceream, sprinkles, nuts, cherry, etc.) I made a bulletin board of the sundaes so the students could actually see and be proud of their accomplishments.
#9
05-08-2005, 11:38 AM
 hescollin Fanatic Join Date: Jan 2004 Posts: 2,612 Kansas
#10
05-08-2005, 01:19 PM
 tracieteaches Companion Join Date: Apr 2005 Posts: 176 PA
More weapons for the arsenal to win the war! Kristen,

Who is Dr. Jean and where can I get the songs?

And thanks to all the others for excellent advice!
More weapons for the arsenal to win the war!!

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