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The Impact of Singapore Math at MPA

[Note: I’ve enjoyed working with Mounds Park Academy (MPA) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, since 2014. For the last three years, MPA has generously hosted our annual Jumpstart Your Singapore Math Instruction workshops.] Renee Wright I was thrilled to read a January 9, 2020, blog post, “The Impact of Singapore Math at MPA,” written by Lower School Director Renee Wright. It is a brief, but … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks – 2019 Year in Review

As December brings a break for holidays and the start of a new year, we appreciate the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. During this pause, I also reflect on our past year working with schools and teachers and plan for the year ahead. Reflecting on 2019, I am reminded of my great good fortune to have discovered my calling. Last year, I celebrated my 12th year as a … [Keep Reading...]

What’s the Word Problem?

I often work with international Schools where the teachers commit to two-three years and then move on to other schools and other countries. I was surprised by an email this week from a former 3rd-grade teacher I worked with at a school in China. She is now teaching in Malaysia. Hi Cassy, I’ve moved on...but all that bar model training is serving me well at the math PD at my new school! She … [Keep Reading...]

Graphing the Holidays

Originally posted 11/27/2018 Teaching between Thanksgiving and the winter break can be a challenge. How do you keep your students engaged in meaningful math learning while embracing the season? Introducing graphing and data analysis might just be the answer. Imagine starting your day in first grade with a question about favorite holiday treats. Students can answer the question and instantly you … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters

My students love math class. In fact, many will tell you math is their favorite subject. Why? They’ll tell you it’s because Singapore math is fun. I’d say it’s because once they understand how math works, they become confident in their abilities. So what exactly is Singapore math? Wait, math from Singapore? Isn’t that … [Keep Reading...]

Recent Posts

Announcing: Jumpstart Your Singapore Math® Instruction Workshops for 2019

Back by popular demand! We are pleased to announce the return of Jumpstart, an intensive, two-day workshop for current and potential users of Primary Math and Math in Focus, as well as any … [Keep Reading...]

Who’s doing the talking?

A new school year brings new commitments to improving our practice as teachers of mathematics. One tip I often share with the teachers I coach is, “Ask more and tell less.” Well, that’s easy to say, … [Keep Reading...]

Come see us in April!

We'll be presenting at the following conferences in April. Stop by and say "I'm a Math Champion" to get one of our cool buttons! NCSM Annual Conference 2019 | San Diego April 3 | 1:45 - … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Marbles

This month's Word Problem Wednesday problem comes from an article in the Daily Express, a UK newpaper. The headline teases: This is the maths puzzle that is baffling everyone - but could you solve … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Ava, Ben, and Carlos

This month's Word Problem Wednesday problem comes from the chapter on the "Model Method and Algebra" from The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics. The book models the Unitary Method as … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

Celebrating 10 Years: Giving Thanks and 2018 In Review

In the spring of 2008, armed with tons of enthusiasm (and considerably less experience), I traveled to Bozeman, Montana, for my first-ever solo school training job. At that time, I was already a … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks – Reflecting on An Amazing 2017!

Regular readers might know that I like to pause and take stock at this time of year. I broke that stride in 2016, but I’m doubly grateful to be back on track, with twice as much to share. This … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks – Reflecting on An Outstanding 2015

I don't know about you, but 2015 has come and gone in a flash. Exciting things are happening here in 2016 as this company grows and adds some fabulous training and coaching consultants. But you'll … [Keep Reading...]