Yesterday, I began to teach the kids how to do a 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication problem. I began by writing 43X32 on the board and asking the kids to just try to answer it.
The ONE kid who got it right and
knew how to do this kind of problem already was the girl who didn't
know how old she was, who told me that 5 + 3 was "so very hard," and who
often forgets things over a long weekend.