**My Daughter**

I have been working with my daughter on the times tables. One of the things I have realized is that learning the times tables requires two different capacities: (1) the ability to

*calculate*each of the calculations (e.g. 2 X 7) and (2) the ability to simply

*memorize*the correct answer (in my daughter's case, this means memorizing calculations for numbers 1 through 12).

**Categorizing these Capacities**

I would categorize the

*calculations*capacity as a cognitive skill and the

*memorization*as more of a behavioral response. Because they are fundamentally different types of capacities, they require different instructional practices. The cognitive skill of

*calculating*probably requires lots of explanation, examples, practice and feedback, and lots of hand on activities. In contrast, the

*memorization*simply requires drill and practice through rote memorization. Both are important - the ability to

*calculate*is important for later math skills, and the

*memorization*skill aids greatly in the ability to move quickly with more complex calculations.

I noticed that my daughter was doing great with the

*calculations*but hadn't yet started

*memorizing*the times tables very well. She struggled for a while, but when we changed our strategy to one of direct memorization with drill and practice, and she memorized a dozen calculations in about 40 minutes. I decided to put together this video as a way to further enhance her memorization. I think that this video will work best if we alternate between watching the video a few times (demonstration) and practice with flash cards (application and feedback).

We'll see how it goes...