Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble solving math problems using columns while working math problems? If so, keep reading.

**1. **Select a peer to model the use of columns when working math problems for the student.

**2. **Create a marked column format (e.g., /thousands/hundreds/tens/ones/) that can be copied from an original for the student to use in solving all designated math problems.

**3. **Get the student to exchange 10 pennies for a dime and correlate that learning experience with grouping ten ones and placing a 1 in the tens column and a 0 in the ones column.

**4. **Get the student to practice labeling columns to represent ones, tens, hundreds, etc.

**5. **Get the student to practice regrouping a number in various positions and determining its value (e.g., 372,723,237).

**6. **Get the student to practice using columns when solving math problems by using a computer program that automatically selects the correct column to input.

**7. **Get the student to talk through math problems as they are solving them to find errors they are making.

**8. **Get the student to use a calculator to solve math problems involving the use of columns.

**9. **Make sure the student has the prerequisite skills to learn place value (e.g., counting orally, comprehension sets, writing numbers to 100, etc.).

**10. **Teach the student the ideas and terminology appropriate to learn place value (e.g., *set, column, middle, left, digit,* etc.).

**11. **Teach the student why they are learning a math concept. Give the student concrete examples and chances for them to apply the theory in real-life situations.

**12. **Teach the student that math problems of addition, subtraction, and multiplication move from right to left beginning with the ones column.

**13. **Teach the student that the shared value of ten “ones” is equal to one “ten” and that ten “tens” is equal to one hundred.

**14. **Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.

**15.** Try gamifying your math lessons.

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