A student said, “But I thought you said we were going to do multiplication.”
I replied, “You are doing multiplication. This…the stuff we’ve been doing today…that’s multiplication. Here, let me show you.” I drew an array, then wrote “2 groups of 4” and then 2×4 on the board. “See how all three of these are different ways of showing 8?”
They were not impressed. “That’s it? That’s multiplication?”
Me, looking around, “Um…yeah. Sorry.”
Imagine feeling disappointed because multiplication makes sense the first time you try it.
We’ll see how they feel about it next week when we move on to proportional reasoning.