Shortly after we start multiplying, we're taught to factor numbers. So often it feels like a pointless rite of passage that we're forced to endure. We learn it devoid of all the contexts it will be...

# Tag: division

The area model's true strength is in multiplication. However, division bears a close enough relationship (they are inverse operations) to multiplication that we can use the area model to divide as...

The area model is a tool for organizing multiplication and division problems. The area model helps to ensure that each place value of one factor (one of the numbers being multiplied) is appropriately...

Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide in Word Problems? Beyond Key Words

(Click aqui para leer este articulo en español.) Word problems are the bane of math students' existence. Sometimes we could easily solve the exact same problem if it came up in real life but...

In a recent TikTok, Howie Hua (who trains future teachers in math) declared grouping and regrouping to be "one of the most important topics in elementary math." I would go so far as to say it is the...

(Click aqui para leer este articulo en español.) Soon after they learn the basics of multiplication, your child will begin to learn about factoring in math class. You can think of factoring as a...