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This year is my first year teaching 6th grade math and I find that many (if not most) of my students are not on level for what our standards what them to do. They struggle with division and multiplication. I want them to be successful. What are some effective and efficient strategies I can use to help them? Also, are there any strategies I can use to get them to be more responsible and independent?

Aug 28, 2015 7:57pm

  • Math
  • 6
  • Assessment / Behavior / Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Aug 30, 2015 7:58am

      You can always add in review for students. Create problems using current standards that have them use multiplication and division or other skills they are not on level for. Have them do some work without calculators so they get to practice their mental math. You could also create optional review pages that are extra credit which would give them chances to be responsible and independent because they would need to do those on their own.

      • Sep 6, 2015 5:31am

        Hi Danesha!
        I use Number Talks in my classroom to allow students to talk about their strategies and become flexible in their thinking! Here are a collection of blog posts I did about Number Talks:

        We are also launching a book study on the book Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humpreys and Ruth Parker through the Teaching Channel tomorrow! You can find more information here:

        Hope that is helpful!

        • Sep 9, 2015 2:19am

          I had my sixth grade students work in groups to make big, visible posters of the multiplication tables and simple division and posted them around the room for the first six months of the school year. I know they should know it by that point, but they didn't, and all of the math skills we were doing relied on the fact that they knew how to multiply and divide easily. By the middle of the year we did some quizzes on division and times tables, and I was able to take the posters down. It was a simple thing, but it helped boost their confidence a bit.

          • Sep 26, 2015 1:29pm

            You may want to look at this PPT I found that I use as a whole class game that they enjoy. I put students in groups of three and have them practice the facts within their group for about 10 minutes. This way they help each other because they want to be the winning group. Then I run the PPT which is a timed activity. When the times fact is displayed, the group quickly discuss the answer, and the recorder of each group writes the answer on group's answer sheet. The group(s) with the highest winning score wins a prize (homework pass, bonus points on next independent assignment, ink pens, etc.) Here's the PPT. It has suggestions for use, but you can come up with any idea that works for you.