Our sixth graders have been practicing “automaticity” in recalling multiplication facts.  Learning multiplication facts is important because they form the building blocks for higher-level math concepts, a necessary step to becoming numerically fluent.  To make this learning more fun, the teachers have had students practicing for a competition against Principal Hildenbrand.  For the competition, everyone worked on the same sheet of multiplication facts.  Mr Schwartz set the timer and the competition started giving Mr. Hildenbrand a ten second delay. The classroom was silent and you could hear the pencils squeaking across the 100 problem worksheets. The winner was Kaeden P. completing the whole sheet in 1 minute and 34 seconds  He beat Mr. Hildenbrand by just a couple of seconds!  In second place was Margie A. followed by Saige and Alex.   Job Well done sixth graders!  Continue to practice your multiplication facts!