How To Teach Division Without Teaching Division.

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Too hard to believe, right? I’ll show you how then offer you a resource so you can do it too.

How To Teach Division Using Relationships.

Teaching division is effortless when you help your learner see the relationship between multiplication and division.  As opposed to treating them as two separate units teach strategies for learning multiplication facts; then use the same numbers for related division facts.  

It’s a real bargain because your learner gets “two-for-one.”  The numbers used in division are exactly the same as those used in multiplication.  Here’s why that works:



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Instead of teaching multiplication, say tables 1 - 5, and then going all the way back to teach those division facts, you will be showing and reinforcing the connection between multiplication and division as the facts are learned.

When it’s time to memorize the facts, here’s what I recommend:

  1. 1
    Teach just a few new facts at a time.
  2. 2
    Review regularly.
  3. 3
    Assure mastery at each step.
  4. 4
    Rearrange the sequence of tables so they go from easy to (seemingly) hard: zeros, ones, twos, fives, tens, nines, threes, squares, sixes, fours, sevens, eights.

Once you get to sevens, there’s only one new fact; no new facts for eights!

I’ve created a lesson plan for you that will show you how to teach division right along with multiplication. Get it for free when you register here: (A Fun Way to Show the Multiplication and Division Relationship).

Use it with your learner before beginning to memorize multiplication and division basic facts.
In the video excerpt below, watch as I demonstrate this approach.

Watch the full-length lesson here.


Some mathematics teachers are stressing the understanding of long division, that is, what one is really doing when the long division algorithm (as most of us know it) is used. I’ve tried to break that down for you in another blog. Check it out here long division algorithm converted to expanded form.

When you’ve had success with that resource, take a look at my done-for-you 3-step system that helps your learner become fluent in basic multiplication and division facts.

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