Have you ever attributed a student's inability to master a math concept or skill to a lack of multiplication fact fluency? Did the task of re-teaching multiplication facts seem so time consuming that you allowed the student to use a calculator and move on? If so, you and your students could benefit from the research-based, self-regulated, scripted multiplication strategy that includes master copies of all of the materials you need to get your students started. Multiplication facts 0 to 81 by Cecil D. Mercer and Susan Peterson Miller is a part of the Strategic Math Series from The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. This series includes seven research-based strategies to develop basic math skills and increase student independence. Each strategy uses the concrete-representational-abstract teaching sequence to guide students' mastery toward the selected skill. Students who participated in the multiplication strategy went from a mean score of 45% on their multiplication facts pretest to a mean score of 92% on the posttest.
If you are interested in helping your students make those types of improvements, check out the book from the VDOE T/TAC at VCU library: Mercer, C.D., & Miller, S. P. (1992). Multiplication Facts 0 to 81. Lawrence, KS: Edge Enterprises. For more information on self-regulated strategy development visit