My method of teaching the times tables is based on pattern recognition. Did you know there’s a relationship between pattern recognition and intelligence?
I found the following on www.intelligencetest.com/questions/precognition.htm:
Out of all mental abilities this type of intelligence [i.e., pattern recognition] is said to have the highest correlation with the intelligence factor, g. This is primarily because pattern recognition is the ability to see order in a chaotic environment . . . Patterns can be found in ideas, words, symbols and images and pattern recognition is a key determinant of your potential in logical, verbal, numerical and spatial abilities. It is essential for reasoning because your capacity to think logically is based on your perception of the logic around you. Your pattern recognition skills are expressed verbally through your long term exposure to language and your mathematical and spatial abilities are based on your perception of numerical data and 3D objects.
The webpage presents five problems that can be solved through pattern recognition.
Back to “pattern recognition is the ability to see order in a chaotic environment.” Don’t we feel relieved when we recognize a pattern when confronted with a chaotic environment? We feel panicked and stressed in a chaotic environment. Stuck in a long line at the movie megaplex? You notice the line on the left is comprised mainly of families with children while your line has mostly adult couples. Your brain takes this in. It has found a pattern. The line with the families will move more rapidly because there will be fewer transactions at the box office. You step into the left lane behind families and smile as your line moves more quickly than the other. You’ve made order out of chaos.
We are happy when we make sense out of chaos. We are frustrated when we can’t. This is how many children feel when confronted with mastering the multiplication tables. All those tables, all those math facts to learn. For many children, the tables become a blur. How to make order out of the chaos? I believe my method of pattern recognition does just that.