Thursday, October 27, 2016

What do animals and zoos have to do with multiplication?

I venture on Pinterest off and on when I am looking for a recipe or an idea for work.  However most of the time I just Google whatever I'm looking for because I sometimes will get better results.

The other day I was looking for ideas of how to teach long multiplication to my students with disabilities (SWD).  I came across an acronym for teaching 2 or 3 digit multiplication times 2 digit that I loved.

During our education career, we've been taught so many acronyms or mnemonic devices to help us remember different topics.  Do you remember learning that Roy G. Biv for the colors of the rainbow in order?  Or do you remember My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas in order to remember the names of the planets in the correct order?  My most favorite one is the one for the steps for a long division problem - Dirty Monkey Smell Bad.  I've been using that one for almost 30 years.  Now a days, they use Does McDonalds Sell Burgers but I can't get Dirty Monkey Smell Bad out of my head.

In order to remember the steps of long multiplication problems, the acronym or mnemonic device is Many ZoosMany Animals.  

Many = Multiply the first factor by the number in the ones place in the second factor.

Zoos = Bring down the Zero.

Many = Multiply the first factor by the number in the tens place in the second factor.

Animals = Add those two products together.

On many if not all of my SWD's Individualized Educational Plans, they have an accommodation of math reference sheets.  So I created a math reference sheet so they can refer to it when they are multiplying longer multiplication problems.

I also created an anchor chart for the multiplication acronym or mnemonic devices.  The anchor chart is color coded for each step of the standard algorithm.  

My students seem to love it because it reminds them of the steps for long multiplication.

This is one idea I got off of Pinterest that I love.  

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Friday, October 21, 2016


It's a mistake not to give people a chance to learn to depend on themselves while they are young. - Walt Disney

Mistake - An error in judgement

The word mistake can be such a harsh word.  When you tell people they made a mistake, they can become defensive.  

However the word mistake can also bring about a change in a person.  They learn from that mistake and become a better person.

I've made so many mistakes in my life.  Some of which I learned from and some that I regret.  

One mistake I made is not telling my sister how much I truly loved her and wanted her in my life.  I never told her how much her life mattered to everyone.  I never told her that she really needed to lose weight and go to the doctor.  This is a mistake that I will live with for the rest of my life.  

It's been almost two months since she died suddenly.

One moment she was her and then the next she was gone.  

Even though I can tell her in prayers that I miss her.  

Even though I can write her dear Tanya letter, I can never truly tell her those things I need to say.  

I can never give her a hug.  

My boys cannot tell their aunt they love her.

That is one mistake I will regret forever.

How can I change that mistake into something positive in my life?

I can tell people that I love them.  I can tell people how much I appreciate them in my life.

Another way I changed from that mistake is starting to write more.  It's a way for me to write out how I am feeling.

What is one way you have learned from a mistake?  What is one mistake that you regret in your life?

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