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Developing Automatic Recall ofAddition and Subtraction Math Facts

Developing Automatic Recall of Addition and Subtraction Facts -
topics include prerequisites for automatic recall, activities to promote automatic recall, and teaching strategies.

Specifically addresses the student with learning disabilities but good tips for any student, in shaa Allah.

A Better Way to Teach Multiplication?

When I was in school, we were taught the old fashioned way (which is actually a shortcut, I guess and maybe the not the original way old fashioned way????) of multiplying by starting with the ones, carrying if necessary, dropping to the second line, adding a zero, repeating the carrying and multiplying, dropping to the third line adding two zeros, etc... (see picture below on the right).

Some of my students struggled so much with this "old" method.  A year or so ago, I discovered a new way (new to me), and am just learning the name of it now. Multiplication in parts or expanded algorithms are two of the names I have seen. It is shown on the left.

Partial Product and Std. Algorithm for 5(728).

This way makes so much more sense to my kids and is easier to teach.  The carrying got so confusing to some of them as did to remember to add zeros before multiplying.This expanded way seems to clue the student more in on how the multiplication works and what's going on, so, in the experience of my kids, it's been easier to master, in shaa Allah.

If you are getting frustrated with the old shortcut method, here as just a few resources that you can refer to try teaching this different method.

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How to Memorize the Multiplication Times Tables

How to Memorize the Multiplication Times Tables -
I really like the ideas in this lens that gives a brief step by step guide for a "program." It has a lot of the same elements that I try to incorporate into daily drill sessions (skip counting, oral recitation of the facts, writing the facts)

Ruling on Saying Jumuah Mubarak

Sheikh Fawzan was asked the following question:
Every Friday one of my colleagues sends me a text saying “Ju’muaah Mubaarak” and he continues saying that he hopes that I will add that to my cell phone greeting or to my greeting on the internet forums; what is your view of this?
Answer: Sheikh Fawzan
This is an innovation, Allah has not sent down any authority for this action. This is an action that is not known or narrated in the Sunnah; it has not been narrated that the Muslims should congratulate each other on Friday; rather it has only been reported that they would congratulate each other on Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr not on Friday. Therefore putting this is a text and encouraging others to do it is an innovation and from spreading innovation.

Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad was asked the following question:
Based on the premise that Friday is a (Eid) holiday, is it permissible to greet each other saying, Ju’muaah Mubaarak or Ju’muaah Accepted?
Answer: Sheikh Abdul Musin Al Abaad:
By Allah, we don’t know of anything that proves the validity of this. As for the two Eids then it has been narrated that the companions when they would meet each other they would say, “May Allah accept it from us and you” or “May Allah accept your obedience”.

The Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz was asked the following question:
What is the ruling on the statement Ju’muaah Mubaarak?
Answer: Sheikh Abdul Aziz
There is no origin for sending out the greeting Ju’muaah Mubaarak on the cell phones. It is a bless day, no doubt. Allah the Exalted has singled us out with this day, and the Jews and Christians have been lead astray away from this day, but as for giving a greeting every Friday then we don’t know of any origin for this.