Jefferson Students Multiply as they March
For these students, learning multiplication is as easy as climbing stairs.
The following article was written by Lorraine Sudol and submitted to Patch.
Students at Jefferson School are exploring multiplication patterns as they climb the main stairwell into their school. In keeping with the district's transition to the new mathematics curriculum which is based on the Singapore Strategies, Jefferson is engaged and ready with their new front stairwell project.
It was spearheaded by Principal Susan Grierson with help from PTA volunteers Christina Waldon, Jesse Torrey, and Cindy Prenovost, Cindy Sherman and Carrie Glasser. Together, they spent hours planning, creating, and painting the multiplication tables up to twelve on the stairs following a similar pattern as seen in a Singapore school system.
The tables are raising awareness, encouraging students to explore in new and different ways. One student asked, "What's with the numbers on the stairs?" The reply, "Can you identify patterns? Can you see products?" It doesn't take long, and if you climb our stairwell, you will ask yourself, "Are there patterns I hadn't noticed? What is the missing product? What are the factors of that product?" Everyone is interested and having fun. Come explore math with us!