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mrsmopp Thu 15-Jan-15 12:15:37

Did you chant the times tables each morning in class? I bet you did, and i bet you still remember automatically that 6x9=54 and so on.

What happens in today's classrooms? Does this still happen? If not, how do children manage- do they just get their calculators out?
I don't have any grandchildren of school age, otherwise I would know.

KatyK Thu 15-Jan-15 14:47:53

Yes we did this in a sort of a rhyming way. Slightly off subject but I was chatting to a 7 year old the other day who told me that he knew 'absolutely everything in the whole world'. I replied 'Do you?' He said 'Yes. Well, apart from some of my times tables' grin

ninathenana Thu 15-Jan-15 14:59:34

They were still reciting them and playing related games when I was working in school 5yrs ago.

numberplease Thu 15-Jan-15 17:37:58

Remember the exercise books with all the times tables printed on the back, also the 30 days hath September rhyme?

goldengirl Thu 15-Jan-15 17:39:33

I think they've come back into fashion again. I was 'supporting' DGD last night with her maths homework and a lot of that was table based.

Leticia Thu 15-Jan-15 17:45:15

I did throughout my teaching career. You need instant recall.

mrsmopp Thu 15-Jan-15 17:45:48

Numberplease, I remember the back pages too. Not only tables, but measurements of length with chains rods and perches and weights too, as well as liquid measurements and such like. Very handy in pre decimal days!

janerowena Thu 15-Jan-15 17:49:46

CDs in the car still happen for my GCs. Of course when mine were little we had tapes in the car, charts on the wall, and I don't think it's much different now.

Pittcity Thu 15-Jan-15 18:52:39

What about log tables and slide rules?

janerowena Thu 15-Jan-15 22:18:13

I hated those.

Galen Thu 15-Jan-15 22:22:14

Now we've gone metric, are they the 10X tables rather than the 12X?

Flowerofthewest Thu 15-Jan-15 22:23:43

I love that I remember all my tables. It comes in so useful

Galen Thu 15-Jan-15 22:25:28

When the animals left the ark, Noah said 'go forth and multiply'
Two snakes replied 'we can't, we're adders!'
So he made them log tables!grin

mrsmopp Thu 15-Jan-15 22:26:59

Nobody will bother with 12 anymore. 12 inches to the foot, 12 pennies in a shilling all gone now. Ten is the new twelve!

Galen Thu 15-Jan-15 22:31:53

Can 20 be the new 16 in dress size?

durhamjen Thu 15-Jan-15 22:59:10

My grandchildren still learn up to 12. The higher you can go the better for ease of use. It's also handy to teach them tricks for the 11x table, and to teach them square numbers.

MrsPickle Thu 15-Jan-15 23:24:14

And slightly off kilter
That is the way, we learn to spell.

crun Fri 16-Jan-15 12:39:55

If 10 was made the new 60, perhaps we might get the decimal clock off the ground second time around.

petra Fri 23-Jan-15 20:35:18

Many years ago when I was a croupier I had to learn the 17 & 35 times table.

annodomini Fri 23-Jan-15 21:35:20

Every day in primary school we had mental arithmetic. It certainly encouraged quick thinking. Another exercise was called - I think - numeration. The teacher would read out a number and we had to write it as numbers. For example thirteen thousand five hundred and twenty seven = 13,527. By the time we reached the top class we were subjected to the millions!

thatbags Fri 23-Jan-15 21:48:12

How to multiply by drawing lines

Elegran Fri 23-Jan-15 22:15:41

Very interesting. My father would have loved that.

rubylady Sat 24-Jan-15 03:15:37

My mum made a small times table booklet thing and put string through it and hung it at the side of the toilet so that when we went on the throne we had to go through it and learn them. Got both me and my brother to grammar schools though and now, as I sit these days very comfortably with my book on the loo, I can blame it on my mother! grin

absent Sat 24-Jan-15 03:34:01

Thanks bags, I shall now spend the rest of this afternoon doing long and algebraic multiplication. Mr absent is also absolutely fascinated.

absent Sat 24-Jan-15 03:34:32

I can't wait to show the grandchildren – well, maybe not the two-year-old.