Master the Times Tables With Easy, Fun Stories

Darren Michalczuk
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Kids will learn the entire times tables in 6 lessons with fun, easy to remember stories which were developed and refined over 30 years in the classroom. Children will be walked through the process of locking in these critical basic facts.

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 4
Beginner Level
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn the times tables and be able to answer questions like 8 x 4 or 6 x 7 in less than 10 seconds.  Facts will be learned in 4 blocks of 9 questions each plus the 1's and 0's.  Students will be given time to rehearse and repeat each math fact. 
I have a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Alberta with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.  

I've taught over 30 years in the classroom both in Canada and in Australia as part of an exchange program. 
Math as well as music, language and memory are topics I have presented at teachers' conventions including the following:

Christian Teachers' Convention
Palliser Teachers’ Convention  
Mighty Peace Teachers’ Convention
Provincial Literary Convention
Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention
South Western Teachers Convention
Calgary City Teachers’ Convention
South Eastern Teacher’s Convention 
Mighty Peace Teachers’ Convention

I have developed education resources including building apps for Apple, coding online programs for math, creating math games for math fact practice and developing other math resources for schools.  

My students have achieved top placements at national math and memory competitions.  
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Parents or guardians will be asked to give a pre-test and a post-test. It will be a sheet of simple math fact questions like 8 x 4 or 7 x 6. Depending on the ability and age of the student, both will either be 9 questions to answer in 90 seconds or 30 questions in 5 minutes. Giving similar tests before and after will give the student and chance to see how much they have learned. Adults simply hand the sheet to the child and give them the set amount of time to finish. Other than explaining that they write the answer to multiplication questions, no help can be given. Some students may not be able to answer any, which is 100% OK. This means the child simply writes their name at the top of the sheet with all the spaces left blank. Most likely in the pre-test learners will likely: -jump to ones they are able to answer like the 2's or 5's or sometimes 9's -count fingers or draw sets of lines or dots -get questions wrong by miscounting or swapping digits We expect in the post-test see learners: -answer all questions in order -get all answer correct -answer questions in less than 10 seconds.
Grades Offered
I will be providing worksheet to print for practice of each section.
The pre-test may cause anxiety.  Explain that no one else will see the results, and it is simply a benchmark or marker to show where they are starting from.  

Once they are finished, this sheet can be put somewhere until the class has been completed, at which point both the adult and child can look at how much progress has been made by comparing it with the post-test sheet.  

The post-test sheet will be much easier and will likely be something that the learner wants to do to show their new found skills.

Meet the teacher

New on Outschool
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(1)
My name is Darren Michalczuk and I have been a teacher for more than thirty years teaching everything from kindergarten to grade twelve, from special needs to gifted students and math to music to gym.   I've been a homeroom teacher, specialist for... 
Group Class


weekly or $144 for 6 classes
2x per week, 3 weeks
45 min

Completed by 1 learner
Live video meetings
Ages 8-11
2-6 learners per class

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