This weekend, one of my teacher friends shared a video on Facebook that I think excellently shows the current approach to teaching multiplication in elementary school. In the past few years, as a 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teacher, I’ve truly enjoyed seeing students have “aha” moments when they make the connection between the standard algorithms that their parents (and most adults) know and use and the “unpacked” approach we use in our math curriculum. Going through the steps of an algorithm can be efficient, but those steps hide most of the math that is really happening. This doesn’t do much for helping people feel confident and capable in their math skills.

Take a look at the video and let me know what you think.