Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Students with dyslexia face to memorize their multiplication facts. Our kids hear it from teachers, parents, peers, and themselves. They hear that they would be better at math if they only knew their facts (meaning, they were able to recall abstract ideas like 4 x 8 automatically). I'm here today to dispel this notion that quick recall of math facts equates to high grades in math class and long-term successful mathematics learning. Okay, it might for some, but for most of our children, this is not the case. The memorization of mathematics facts usually is slow, painful, and anxiety-ridden. Kids quickly learn to hate math, to hate the pressure, and to hate themself.
Let's be honest, memorization can be quite difficult for people with dyslexia. Quick recall of facts can be quite difficult for people with dyslexia. It turns out that the part of the brain that is most greatly impacted by dyslexia is in fact a major player in where the brain processes multiplication, recalls things, and houses our memory.