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Word Problem Wednesday – Dogs and Ropes

"The Internet Is Losing It Over This Second Grade Math Problem," reads the headline from an article posted online by The article goes on to support the student's mother's conclusion that, "this isn't exactly a question most 8-year-olds would understand." The problem reads, "There are 49 dogs signed up to compete in the dog show. There are 36 more small dogs than large dogs signed up to … [Keep Reading...]

Announcing: Jumpstart Your Singapore Math® Instruction Workshops for 2018!

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 teacher interested in incorporating these techniques into their own classroom, regardless of current curriculum. If you are: new to the Singapore approach to math instruction... needing a refresher to … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Bob’s Bikes

Word Problem Wednesday was such a hit, we're going to continue throughout the year with one problem a month. This problem comes from an oldie, but goodie: i-Excel Heuristic and Model Approach Primary 5 by Li Fanglan published by FAN-Math Bob’s Bikes sold 96 bikes during the week and 1/4  of what was left on the weekend. After that, Bob still had 1/2 of his bikes left. How many bikes did Bob … [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 year, I’m celebrating my 10th year as an independent Mathematics trainer/coach/consultant and 15th year working with Singapore Mathematics. Thank you. I say this every year, but it continues to be … [Keep Reading...]

Tales From the Classroom

Throwback Thursday – Direct from the classroom: Challenges & Successes with Singapore Math implementations

For our final post this summer, we thought it would be interesting to look at other challenges schools face in their adoptions. When I re-read a post from the past I always take away something different because I am in a different place with my own experience. Perhaps you are as well! Direct from the classroom: … [Keep Reading...]

Making Math Masters

Making math masters: A brief overview of Singapore Math®

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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Word Problem Wednesday – e-books

Word Problem Wednesday was such a hit, we're going to continue through the year with one problem a month. This problem comes from Dimensions Math 6A by Bill Jackson and Kow-Cheong Yan published in … [Keep Reading...]

Students Love Singapore Math!

Last May, third graders at a school in Minnesota wrote me some letters. Their school started with a Singapore Mathematics curriculum in the fall and they were just completing their first year working … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Tanks

Word Problem Wednesday was such a hit, we're going to continue through the year! This problem comes from Problem Solving Beyond the Classroom Primary 3 by Bernice Lau Pui Wah, published in 2013 by … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Passengers

Word Problem Wednesday was such a hit, we're going to continue through the year with one problem a month. This week's problem comes from Primary Mathematics Intensive Practice 6A published in 2004 … [Keep Reading...]

Structuring the Math Day

One of the questions I get most often is: How do I use the materials with my Singapore Math curriculum and fit it all into an hour math block? First off, kudos to your school for setting aside an … [Keep Reading...]

Giving Thanks

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...]

2013 in Review: Celebrating an Amazing Year!

In each of the past few years, I've taken some time to reflect on the wonderful opportunities I've experienced during the preceding 12 months (Here are Giving Thanks reflections from 2012 and … [Keep Reading...]