MDM's positive effects are numerous. It allows students to work at their own pace. The bright students can move ahead as fast as they can go, yet the slower students are still in the game and feel a part of the action. It also provides accountability by requiring each student to practice daily. It gives a true picture of each student's mastery in multiplication and division. It provides the students with quick retrieval skills of the facts when they are doing daily work and during tests. Several students have commented on how quickly they can get their daily math assignments done because they know their facts. As the students move from the 2 Minute Club to the 1 Minute Club to the 30 Second Club they feel a sense of accomplishment and are motivated to keep practicing.
We can't imagine trying to help our students learn their multiplication and division facts any other way! We think it would be ideal for home-schoolers because the kids can manage the process on their own. The practicing and grading are "kid friendly!"
We are talking with our second grade team about implementing the addition and subtraction MDM.
Sherri Bast, Mary Del Nero, and Kathy Downs The Third Grade Team at Paradise Valley Christian Preparatory Phoenix, AZ
I am so happy with Mad Dog Math! Last year I didn’t get started until January. This year my first graders started the third week of school. At this point I no longer have to check each paper – just spot check for errors. We can run through the entire process in about ten or fifteen minutes and the children love it. I don’t dare skip a day! Even my most challenged student has reached #8 and my top mathematician is at #30. I no longer have to remind them to check for addition or subtraction signs and we haven’t even done our unit on subtraction yet! I am happy, happy, happy. It is so much easier for children to understand concepts when they know their math facts.
Shirley Masterson – Grace Christian School in Cypress
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"I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more
mathematics courses. They must be able to hear the sound of doors closing."
"…numbers may be said to rule the whole world of quantity, and the four rules of
arithmetic may be regarded as the complete equipment of the mathematician."
James Clerk Maxwell (1813-1879)
"Mathematics is the Queen of Sciences and Arithmetic the Queen of Mathematics."
Karl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855)
"Numbers rule the universe."
Pythagoras (572 BC-490 BC)
"…all life is mathematics."
G. I. Gurdjieff (1913-1949)
"Mathematics is a language."
Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839-1903)