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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...]

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 educators from Southern California. Cassy and Beth will be presenting three sessions this year, supporting the theme of Mathematical Journeys to Empower All Students. Play some math games! Join us … [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 is true in all cases is that they DO NOT belong in the closet! I highly recommend that you dedicate a shelf or area of your classroom to math materials. It's equally important for students to choose … [Keep Reading...]

Events Recap – Jumpstart your Singapore Math® 2018

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 2018 What Attendees said about Jumpstart 2018 Thanks to Jumpstart 2018 … [Keep Reading...]

Tales From the Classroom

Throwback Thursday Extra-Test Prep

As the standardized testing season approaches, we present readers a special edition of Throwback Thursday featuring one of our more popular posts. Here, Beth Curran addresses common questions and misconceptions on the topic of Test Preparation. As a teacher, I encouraged my students to welcome their annual opportunity … [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...]

Recent Posts

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...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Pei Ling, Zandy, and Sulaiman

This month's problem comes from the website TestPapersFree.com, which provides past copies of continual and semestral assessments from Singapore Primary Schools. This is a great resource if you're … [Keep Reading...]

Word Problem Wednesday – Rulers and Bread

Word Problem Wednesday was such a hit, we're going to continue throughout the year with one problem a month. This problem popped up in my Medium feed last month: Algebraic expressions — 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...]