Alan Walker has been an educator for over 30 years. The book Memorize in Minutes: The Times Tables was based on a method Alan developed in his classroom 10 years ago. Using pictures and stories, he was able to teach ALL of his students the times tables in a few weeks spending just 10 to 15 minutes a day. Other teachers heard about this 'new' way of teaching the times tables. Over the next five years book was revised and edited as teachers tested his method and provided constructive feedback. Over 50,000 copies of Memorize in Minutes: The Times Tables have been sold.
Multiplication in a Flash, Alan's latest book uses tricks and mnemonic techniques to teach the twos, fives, and nines. It uses pictures, stories, and activities to teach the remaining facts.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Washington State Teacher of the Year nominee (2001)
- Washington State Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education (2000)
- Northwest Technology Leader of the Year (2006)
- Regional Coordinator for the Teacher Leadership Program (2000-2001)
- Selected for the Teacher Leadership Project sponsored by the Gates Learning Foundation. (1999-2000)
- Selected by former students who are now Juniors and Seniors for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
- One of twelve teachers in the United States chosen for the PRISM Program. (Professionals as a Resource for Instructors in Science and Mathematics) Working with leading scientists throughout the country, we developed a step-by-step guide for bringing scientists into the classroom. (1992-1995)
- His KidDazzler Juggling and Unicycling Demonstration Team invited to perform on opening night at the Capitol Theater in Yakima. (1990)
- Selected as one of eight teachers in Washington State to be a “Science Champion” intern at the Pacific Science Center. (1990)
- Nominated for Outstanding Educator of the Year in the State of Washington. Awarded by the Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. (1981-1982)
- Instrumental in starting the “Computers For Kids” program instituted by Boeing Computer Services of Richland. (Inspired by the enthusiasm of students in my “Kids For Computers” program) (1982)
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