How do you teach it? The district doesn't want us drilling them. We can't teach them in isolation (though we play silly videos as away of getting around this). Our math coach reiterates that drilling doesn't teach it. Yet, THEY ARE NOT learning their facts above 5. I have some bright students and some very low students. 6x7....crickets for about 30 seconds to a minute. Let's not even talk about 2 digit by 1 digit. How do you teach it? They need to know them. I feel like if they just knew the facts with somewhat automaticity then arrays, equal groups, etc would come much more easily. A few are on the flip side and cannot understand why 4x6 and 6x4 are not the same in equal groups and arrays but that's a whole different ball game. I need students even if they need to use their fingers to get 8x7 within 10-15 seconds at least. Maybe 20. I've tried the count up from what you know 8x5 is 40...plus 8 is 48...plus 8...crickets. Some need pencil/paper to add 48 + 8. They cannot mentally/visualize that 8 plus 8 is 16 so it's moving to the next number decade from the 40s to the 50s so it's 52. Help!