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Word Problem Wednesday – Screws and Nails

This month's Word Problem Wednesday problem comes from Dimensions Math 4A (available spring of 2019). There are twice as many nails as screws in a bin. If 510 of the nails and 75 of the screws are used, there will be the same number of nails as screws. How many nails were in the bin to start with? Submit your solutions by the end of the month! Last month's Word Problem Wednesday … [Keep Reading...]

Guest Post – Problem Solving: The Heart of Singapore Math

This article originally was featured in the fall 2018 issue of St. Anne's-Belfield School's Perspectives magazine and is republished with both the school and author's permission. The author, Sara Kronstain, has almost a decade of experience guiding elementary and middle school mathematicians to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.  She teaches fifth-grade math and is the … [Keep Reading...]

Graphing the Holidays

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 have meaningful data that … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Farmer Fred

This month's Word Problem Wednesday problem comes from Math in Focus Grade 3. Farmer Fred makes 4 quarts of orange juice on Monday. He makes 2 quarts more orange juice on Tuesday than on Monday. He makes 2 more quarts on Wednesday than on Tuesday. He carries on making 2 more quarts of orange juice every day than the day before. In how many days will he make a total of 80 pints of orange … [Keep Reading...]

Tales From the Classroom

We were thrilled to welcome teachers, coaches, specialists and administrators from 18 states to our Jumpstart your Singapore Math® Instruction workshops this summer. We are so very grateful that you took time from your summer to join us....And we are delighted that you found it valuable! Scenes from Jumpstart … [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...]

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We’re Heading West!

Catch Cassy and Beth at the California Mathematics Council - South Annual Conference in Palm Springs Math Champions is happy to be returning to Palm Springs on November 2nd and 3rd to work with … [Keep Reading...]

Ask the Experts: What’s the best way to organize my math manipulatives?

The answer to this question is complicated. So much of how to organize materials is dependent upon personal preference with procedures and arrangement within your classroom. One thing that I can say … [Keep Reading...]

Ask the Experts: What manipulatives do you suggest for my grade level?

Singapore Mathematics instruction – or, really, just good math instruction - will have students working through three phases of learning, referred to as the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach. In … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Jason and Louis

This month's Word Problem Wednesday problem comes from Primary Mathematics Challenging Word Problems 3. Jason and Louis picked up a total of 30 cans. For every 2 cans that Jason picked up, Louis … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Laiza’s Dress

This month's problem comes from Dimensions Math 6A and highlights the unitary method of solving problems: Laiza spent 38% of her money on a dress and the rest on a purse. If she spent $114 on the … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

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...]

Giving Thanks — Looking Back on 2014

I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again … [Keep Reading...]