Measuring & Monitoring inTABS effectiveness

Standardised Testing of instant recall using inTABS Multiplication book

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Please print and fill in the Standardised Test form (above) which includes step-by-step instructions. This allows for a baseline measure before inTABS Multiplication Book is used and retests after inTABS is used at various intervals to measure performance to quantify the effectiveness of inTABS in mastering instant recall of the times table.

Alternatively, the following methods can be used in the classroom or home setting with the child:

‘Find all the 12’s’ method:

  1.  Ask the child to lift all the tabs on the book to the equations that equal 12 on the book (1×12, 12×1, 2×6, 6×2, 3×4, 4×3).  Using a stopwatch, note how long it took them to lift all 6 tabs that contain 12 as the answer – this is your baseline measure.
  2. Retest them at intervals after inTABS is used for learning (eg. weekly) to monitor how quickly they can perform the same task – this is your performance improvement measure.
  3. This method can be used in the same way for ‘Find all the 24’s‘ or  Find all the 36’s’ as next levels of monitoring and/or for more advanced learners.

‘Single table’ method:

  1. If the child is focussing on a particular table for learning e.g. their x7 table: ask a set number of equations (6 questions on the x7 table). Using a stop watch, note time how many seconds the child takes to say the correct answer using mental recall only and then calculate the average time taken (number of seconds in total for the 6 questions divided by 6). This mean time for a particular table is your baseline measure.
  2. Retest them at intervals using the same questions after inTABS is used for learning that table (eg. weekly) to monitor how quickly they can perform the same task – these new means are your performance improvement measures.
  3. This method can be used in the same way for any particular table the child is currently learning (or struggling with).

Randomised equations‘ method:

  1. Same as the ‘Single table’ method above but timing the child on a set number of randomised equations from anywhere on the whole times table grid (e.g. 6 or 12 questions) to derive mean times of mental recall as the baseline measure and then retesting after inTABS is used for learning at set intervals on the same questions to derive performance measures.
  2. This method is suitable for more advanced learners as well as advancing learners after extended periods of use with the inTABs book.

 

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‘WAR on INNUMERACY’

Does ‘war on innumeracy’ add up? Education shake-up will see kids made to learn times tables by age 11

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan plans shake-up, and when it comes to reading, writing, and maths and pupils will face tough tests before leaving primary school

All schoolchildren in England will be forced to learn their times tables off by heart as well as carry out long division and complex multiplication by 11
Adds up: All schoolchildren in England will be forced to learn their times tables off by heart by 11

Every child in Britain will have to learn their times tables off by heart by 11.

They will also be expected to carry out long division and complex multiplication before they leave primary school under tough new measures.

The move is part of a ‘war on illiteracy and innumeracy’, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

And headteachers who fail to ensure standards are met face being sacked if theConservatives are returned to power.

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All schoolchildren in England will be forced to learn their times tables off by heart as well as carry out long division and complex multiplication by 11
Tough tests: The education secretary has launched a ‘war on illiteracy and innumeracy’

As well as demonstrating mathematical skills, pupils will have to pass a writing test by showing they can use ‘accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar’.

The move will build on demands already contained in key stage 2 tests.

Ms Morgan outlined plans to make England top of the class in European league tables for English and maths by 2020, as well as in the top five internationally – a significant leap from the current ranking of 23rd.

All schoolchildren in England will be forced to learn their times tables off by heart as well as carry out long division and complex multiplication by 11

Education reform: The new standards will focus on reading, writing and maths

She said: “We will expect every pupil by the age of 11 to know their times tables off by heart, to perform long division and complex multiplication and to be able to read a novel.

“They should be able to write a short story with accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar.

“The new tests for 11 year olds we are introducing next year will be strengthened to ensure that every young person is meeting the mark.”

Could you recite your times tables?

(Article Source: Mirror)

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Times Tables KEY to good maths

Mastering Multiplication Table is KEY to maths (the building blocks for division, fractions, algebra, long multiplication, percentages etc) which is why the Government have issued the new mandate:

every child in Britain will have to know their times tables off by heart by 11“.

In fact, a report by Ofsted, the schools watchdog, found that:

pupils without instant recall of the multiplication table struggle in maths”.

Many low-attaining secondary pupils struggle with instant recall of tables“.

Lack of fluency with multiplication tables is a significant impediment to fluency with multiplication and division“.

It is really important that children have the tools of arithmetic at their finger tips.” “Without that it is like sending a plumber out to do a job without knowing how to use a spanner“. (Jean Humphrys, Ofsted’s education director)

 

 

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Who is ‘Sampson Sapling’?

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inTABS™ ‘Sampson Sapling’ symbol on the front of our books is a an English oak sapling representing the Mighty potential all young learners have, if nurtured properly, with the right tools and effective styles of learning suited to them: with inTABS™  EVERY CHILD COUNTS!