The objective of this Teaching Aid was to provide students with strategies to learn multiplication facts up to 12. The students were in seventh grade, so the subject matter is not part of their current curriculum, as it was taught in years prior. However, many students are still struggling to learn their multiplication facts, which leads to embarrassment for not having mastered it yet. Therefore, the Teaching Aid needed to provide material that was not too simple as to be condescending and make them feel stupid for having such elementary learning material, but not too complex that it was too confusing or too much work.
My design solution was a diverse toolkit of multiplication strategies, branded as MultiTips. It encompasses a set of three worksheets, packaged with a branded folder and USB flashdrive. The worksheets center around a central activity for the class to engage in called the Times Table Clap, which serves as a way for students to review the times tables for numbers 2-12 with their classmates. The front side of the worksheet explains the activity, gives instructions, and provides a visual example. The back side provides a branded MultiTips multiplication table so students can follow along as they play the activity.
As students get “out” from this activity, they can begin to work on the other MultiTips worksheets. The Multiplication Magic worksheet provides a formula that can be used to find the multiplication facts between numbers 6-9, so that even when the students cannot memorize the facts, they feel empowered to be able to work it out on their own. The final worksheet provides a collection of miscellaneous multiplication tips so that each students can find a method that works for them. This complete toolkit of worksheets and strategies engages several different kinds of learning methods, from visual to tactile, so that students can find the best way to remember their multiplication facts.