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The following methods can be used individually or in pairs/groups in the classroom or home setting with children:
‘Matching pairs’ method:
- A fun exercise to teach symmetry: when a child is learning a particular table e.g their x3 table, every time they open a tab on that grid, ask them to find the matching pair (i.e. the inverse) eg. 3×4 will have a symmetrical matching pair in 4×3. Children will tangibly grasp that matching pairs result in the same answer (whilst learning another table simultaneously) to familiarise themselves with the times table, backwards and forwards.
‘Find all the 12’s’ method:
- Ask the child to lift all the tabs on the book to the equations that equal 12 on the book (1×12, 12×1, 2×6, 6×2, 3×4, 4×3).
- Retest them at intervals after inTABS is used for learning (eg. weekly) to monitor how quickly they can perform the same task.
- This method can be used in the same way for ‘Find all the 24’s‘ or Find all the 36’s’ as next levels of monitoring and/or for more advanced learners.
‘Single table’ method:
- If the child is focusing on a particular table for learning e.g. their x3 table: work on learning that entire set until they have gained instant recall before moving on to the next table.
- Alternatively, open every other tab (1st,3rd,5th etc) on one particular table they are learning so children can start to anticipate the answers of the closed tabs and then alternate (2nd,4th,6th etc) until they have mastered recall of that table.
- Once a table is mastered, move on to the next one until they have gained mastery of the whole times tables.
‘Ever Diminishing Tabs‘ method:
- Open all the tabs on the times table that you children have not gained instant recall of as an overview of what needs to be worked on.
- Periodically repeat this exercise as a positive reinforcement of progress : they more they have learned, the less tabs remain open until none are open as they gain mastery of the whole times table.
‘Randomised equations‘ method:
- Ask the child on a number of randomised equations from anywhere on the whole times table grid to both test their instant recall and maintain it.
- This method is suitable for more advanced learners as well as advancing learners after extended periods of use with the inTABS book.