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The Easiest Way for Teaching Your 10s Times Table

Learning your times table needn't be anywhere near as hard and time-consuming as most people experience. Not because they're stupid, but because the traditional approach to learning them is!

This is certainly not intended to be an attack on those fine parents and teachers who know no better than to put their young ones through the age-old process. But bear with me and see why I believe it's time we shake this whole thing up!

As you read this article, bear in mind there is a very subtle difference between memorizing and remembering tables.

Notes

Note 1

These notes are just as relevant to all kinds of learner, both male and female, from children and teens to adults of all ages as numeracy is an issue which many people struggle with well beyond their school years. The application may vary however depending on which group you fit into, just like it may vary according to each person's preferred learning style and specific strengths.

Getting to grips with the times table is a fundamental part of one's numeracy, which is just as important in school, college or university as it is in latter days when you consider how it affects your employability and competence at managing ones personal finances and building wealth.

Taking these ideas into account may lead to different conclusions when considering the times table for children or specifically boys and girls.

Note 2

Many teachers regard the responsibility of learning the times table as something the student simply has to do, normally in their own time e.g. as a homework assignment. Then the teacher will use teaching time to test their students; to make sure they've completed their assignment. This is not teaching, but testing; and it is often embarrassing or even humiliating for students who have difficulty memorizing those lists of times table answers.

A far better approach, more in line with the expected role of a teacher, would be to actually teach students mental multiplication skill, which they could of course practice as a homework assignment. In the process of helping students develop such skills, the teacher would test as part of coaching that skill. This approach is far less threatening to students.

One of the problems with most method-based approaches to the times table is that each method (e.g. the 'fingers' method for the nines) is that each individual method solves part of the overall table of multiplication problems, but that the rest of the table needs to be covered by other individual methods. A fully comprehensive approach, however, addresses the times table entirely, without leaving any gaps.

See here for more information about how to take this into account kids, teens and adults.

Note 3

To be clear, you need to define what you mean by 'easiest':

For example, it's surely important to take account of as many as possible of the following:

Are you desiring something that's easy to do, makes those times table answers easy to remember and easy to recall, easy to apply in other areas of mathematics and in real life situations, easy to retain over the longer term, or simply an approach that's best matched to your personal learning style to make the learning process easy?

The Easiest Way for Teaching Your 10s Times Table

Study Multiplication

Here is a breakdown of the 10 times table. With the Numba Ninja System, each multiplication problem has a specific key, and this is underlined for each problem here:

10 times table: up to 12 x 10

0 x 10 = 0
1 x 10 = 10
2 x 10 = 20
3 x 10 = 30
4 x 10 = 40
5 x 10 = 50
6 x 10 = 60
7 x 10 = 70
8 x 10 = 80
9 x 10 = 90
10 x 10 = 100
11 x 10 = 110
12 x 10 = 120

Study Ideas

When learning the times table by rote, plain parrot-fashion repetition only taps into the oral experience. This is far less powerful for most people than things that we experience visually. For this reason, pictures can often be used to support rote-learning especially if the mind is able to recall a strong visual image that clearly hooks the multiplication problem to the answer.

Also, be aware of why many people consider the times table to be limited to 12 x 12 when, in this decimal era the number 12 seems a rather strange limit. But this goes back to the days of counting in dozens (e.g. 12 inches in a foot) when an English shilling was worth 12 pennies.

In the Numba Ninja System of mental multiplication, for the 10 times table, when 10 is chosen as the key, the Snail is the picture story that is used.

When 10 is not the chosen key however, other picture stories are used as appropriate.

Teaching Ideas