There are no Silver Bullets – no Magic – no EASY fix for teaching students how to perform 2-Digit x 2-Digit Multiplication and Long Division. If I knew that answer, I’d be a BILLIONAIRE!
I’m not a billionaire, or a millionaire, but I DO have a unique strategy for teaching 2-Digit Multiplication and Long Division that I haven’t seen anywhere else. I’ve been using it in my classroom for over two years, and I’ve received some FANTASTIC feedback from other teachers about their successes!
I call it Shape Multiplication and Shape Division, which focuses on shapes AND colors to help students remembers the sequence of steps for solving these problems.
It looks like this for multiplication:
And this for division:
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