October 12, 2014

THINKING WITHIN THE BOX:

This New Way To Do Multiplication Is Simpler Than What You Learned In School (PETER JACOBS , OCT. 7, 2014,Business Insider)

The latest controversy over the Common Core education standards involves a new approach to subtraction that conservatives say is unfairly replacing tried and true methods of basic math.

A new way to teach elementary school students multiplication is causing also some controversy -- but it may be easier than the method you probably learned in school.

You probably learned multiplication through the longform method that involves "carrying" over different digits. These days, many elementary school students learn to multiply using the "box method."

NPR demonstrated the "box method" by having a fourth grader explain how to multiply 7 by 23. We first saw this video in a Daily Caller story that criticized it.

Posted by at October 12, 2014 9:56 AM
  

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