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!!