Announcing Summer 2021 Jumpstart Your Singapore Math Workshops

I couldn’t imagine teaching this year without this class. It was amazing!
Joanne Pilon
6-8 Math, Holy Family Academy

We are pleased to announce the return of Jumpstart, an intensive, two-day workshop for current and potential users of

  • Dimensions Math
  • Primary Mathematics
  • Math in Focus
  • Eureka/EngageNY
  • Think! Mathematics
  • or just interested in incorporating a Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. 

If you are:

  • new to the Singapore approach to math instruction…
  • needing a refresher to boost your math teaching skills…
  • wanting to incorporate the best practices from Singapore into your current curriculum…or
  • curious about the reasons for Singapore’s remarkable success…

…then this workshop is for you!

Cassy, and new presenter Susan Resnick, invite you to join us for dates currently scheduled for Denver, Colorado, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Click here to get all of the details and to register for this informative program!

Interested in hosting a Jumpstart session at your school? Email: training@mathchampions.com

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Number Strings as a Math Warm-Up…

…or cool down, or any time a teacher wants to get students working mental math.

Number strings are short mental math activities designed so that students work several calculations in their head then provide the answer in chorus, either verbally, with whiteboards, fingers or pencil and paper. Have students write their answer on their personal whiteboard and place it upside down on their desks. (To avoid excessive drawing, remind students that you want to hear their marker “click”.)

When directed, students will show their answer to the teacher, who immediately checks for comprehension and enthusiastically provides an answer to each student (“I challenge your answer” or “Yes!”).

In addition to providing a teacher with instant formative assessment, number strings offer the opportunity to integrate mathematics throughout the curriculum. Use the following samples or write your own!

First Grade:

Begin with the number of legs on a cat. (4)
Add the number of wheels on a bicycle (4 + 2 = 6)
Subtract the number of teachers in the classroom right now (6 – ?)

When I say: “Show me the answer”, I want you to raise the same number of fingers in the air as your answer.

“Are you ready?  Show me the answer!”

Second Grade:

Start with the number of halves in a whole. (2)
Triple that number. (2 x 3 = 6)
Add the number of sides on a rectangle (6 + 4 = 10)

Write your answer on your whiteboard and flip it upside down. Hold it high over your head when I say: “Show me the answer!”

Third Grade:

Begin with the number of legs on an ant. (6)
Multiply by the number of legs on a spider. (6 x 8 = 48)
Divide by the number of legs on a human. (48 ÷ 2 = 24)
Subtract the number of legs on a horse. (24 – 4 = 20)

Sixth Grade:

Begin with the number of days in a leap year. (366)
Subtract the number of months in a year. (366 – 12 = 354)
Subtract the number of days in May. (354 – 30 = 324)
Add the number of days in a week. (324 + 7 = 331)

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My Heartfelt Thanks for Teaching in Turbulent 2020!

Welcome to 2021! I don’t think I need to add anything to all that has been said  2020 except good riddance. Our house burned up and still isn’t rebuilt, schools have been on-site, then remote, then on-site, then remote, then… 

…And through it all, teachers and students have been struggling to stay focused. 

I think we all deserve a pat on the back for making it through 2020. 

Whether you have had a good or a bad year, it’s important to celebrate what one can – and that’s why I’m celebrating you! Thank you for visiting this site and for your continued support.

Thank you for getting up every day and heading to school to be there for your students, even if your “school” is a computer in your garage. 

Thank you for Zoom-ing, Team-ing, Google Jam-ming, Flipboarding, Screencastify-ing, Padlet-ing, or whatever new technology you have learned to connect with your crew.

Thank you for subscribing to our Jumpstart Your Singapore Math On-Demand video modules! They are being updated now and will be available in smaller, bite-sized chunks soon.

Thank you for having me in your classrooms. It is a privilege to continue to work with teachers and students during these crazy months. 

I have plenty of posts and videos coming so keep your eyes on this space. Additionally, I will also be announcing summer 2021 Jumpstart Your Singapore Math workshops soon, so be sure to sign up for the mailing list. 

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Jumpstart Your Singapore Math – Online!

*Due to current COVID restrictions, we’re sad to announce that the workshops scheduled for California and Minnesota will no longer be held onsite.*

As much as we’d love to work with you in-person, we know that many states are in limbo right now, awaiting budget and schedule decisions for fall, however, we are fully prepared to support you and your teachers with the best training possible in these unusual circumstances. And so…

We’re thrilled to announce that we are offering the sessions as a synchronous/asynchronous (or choose your buzzword: video and live, online, remote…) workshop format. 

Here’s how it will work

Part 1: Video Modules

The week before the live sessions, attendees will get access to almost 6 hours of recorded modules covering the basics of Singapore Math, along with a Math Champions Sourcebook. The modules cover the bulk of the mathematical content we typically address during onsite Jumpstart workshops.

Module 1: What is Singapore Math? What are the foundations and pedagogy of the curriculum? What should a typical lesson look like? What is a “task”?

Module 2: What are the addition and subtraction foundations I need to know? How do I teach mental math strategies?

Module 3: How do I teach multiplication facts? What mental math strategies for multiplication and division do I need to know?

Module 4: How do I use place value discs to teach the four operations for whole numbers and decimals?

Module 5: What is bar modeling? How do I teach bar modeling in a classroom?

Part 2: Live meetings!

Typically, the Jumpstart Your Singapore Math workshops are curriculum neutral, meaning, we can’t address specific content for every set of books. A virtual format allows us to focus directly on your specific grade levels and materials. On July 30 and 31, you can choose to attend sessions specifically for your materials and/or grade level. These sessions are NOT webinars. They are meetings with a limited number of attendees and the same two-way conversations we have in all of our in-person training.

Tentative Live Session Schedule:

July 30, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am Grades K – 2: Number Sense

10:15 am  – 10:30 am Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am Grades K – 2: Games, groups, and activities

11:30 am – 11:45 am  Break

11:45 am  – 12:15 pm Grades K-2: Primary Mathematics materials overview

12:30 pm  – 1:00 pm  Grades K-2: Math in Focus materials overview

1:15 pm  – 1:45 pm Grades K-2: Dimensions Math materials overview

* All times MDT

July 31, 2020

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Grades 3 – 6 Fractions and proportional reasoning

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am  – 11:30 am:  Grades 3 – 6 More challenging word problems

11:30 am – 11:45 pm:  Break

11:45 pm – 12:15 pm:  Grades 3 – 6 Primary Math materials overview

12:30 – 1:00: Grades 3-5 Dimensions Math materials overview

1:15 – 1:45:  Grades 3-5 Math in Focus materials overview

2:00 – 2:30:  Grades 6-8 Dimensions Math and Math in Focus materials overview

If teachers complete the included activities, home enjoyment, and love sessions, they will receive a certificate for 13 hours of professional development.

*We cannot ensure timely delivery of course materials for orders received after July 17.

We will be using Padlet during the modules. Sign up for a free account here: https://bit.ly/MCPadlet

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Supporting Schools in the Covid-19 Era

We know that teachers learn best when they learn together.

For this reason, over the last dozen years, we’ve primarily offered onsite, in-person training.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, delivering instruction live in schools is currently difficult and it is unclear when we will be able to resume “normal” training.

Given this uncertainty, we have developed creative ways to provide educators with the high-quality training that you have come to expect from Math Champions. We are fully prepared to support you and your teachers with the best training possible in these unusual circumstances.

Here is an overview of training options currently available to schools:

Live Onsite Training Visits

We are fully prepared to visit your school for in-person sessions if it is feasible to learn in a safe environment and follow recommended state and CDC guidelines. Our teacher voices project beyond 6 feet, our manipulatives are sanitized after each use, and our hands are washed.

Live, Remote Training via Video Conference

While we know we cannot replicate the energy and discourse of an onsite training, we can cover most of the content required to get teachers up and running through online sessions.

Delivering instruction in this format is different than in person, and we know that teachers may be “Zoom”ed out. For that reasons, we have planned these with more frequent, shorter breaks to keep teachers fresh and attentive.

Recorded Training Modules

We have created a series of recorded modules that serve as an Introduction to Singapore Math. The series consists of five videos, each approximately one hour in length. If teachers complete the included activities, the program equates to approximately nine hours of professional development.

These videos cover the basics of Singapore Math, including:

  • What is Singapore Math? What are the foundations and pedagogy of the curriculum?
  • Addition and subtraction basics and mental math
  • Multiplication facts and mental math strategies for multiplication and division
  • Using place value discs to teach the four operations
  • An introduction to bar modeling for solving words problems

Recorded Modules cover the bulk of the mathematical content we typically address during onsite Introductory training. To ensure that questions are answered, and teachers are fully prepared to teach, we suggest that live, remote training sessions be included to supplement recorded modules. We can help devise a structure for your school in a variety of ways to maximize learning.

Support for Success

We are committed to giving schools resources and support to ensure success throughout the school year, including:

  • Resource Handbook: The amount of material and content covered in a training can seem overwhelming. Because of this, we provide each teacher with a handbook that serves as a future reference guide
  • Support: We offer email and telephone access as needed for questions from teachers and administration to allow your schools to seek help or advice quickly.
  • Parent Night Presentations: We love to host Parent education events, which can be informational sessions or a variety of hands-on, bootcamp style learning experiences. We have already done introductory parent nights via Zoom!
  • Parent-teachers: If fall finds your school needing parents to teach a good amount at home, we can extend our offer of email support or even online office hours for your parents.

Please reach out if you have questions or want to share information about your school’s situation.

Be well and stay safe.

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Survey – How do you like to learn online?

We’re looking at offering one of the Jumpstart Your Singapore Math workshops online, but we’d love to hear what you think.

Can you help us out and answer this easy 2 question survey?

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Singapore Math Office Hours for Teachers

Live Online Office Hours

With the COVID crisis keeping me at home, I really miss spending time with teachers. Fortunately, tech tools like Zoom offer an alternative. I had planned to offer office hours in April for teachers to address your questions about teaching math using a Singapore approach.

And then this happened:

 

Are you stuck at home and need to teach your students remotely? Just curious about Singapore Math or Model Drawing? 

This is your opportunity to Ask Me Anything about teaching math the Singapore way. Please register here for the Tuesday, March 31 session. This Q & A will begin at 1:00 PM  Mountain Time (US). Attendance is limited, so sign up today! Canceled due to personal emergency. We’ll try again in 2 weeks!

I’d love your input on times or topics for future sessions; share your suggestions here.

 
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Singapore Math Online Resources – Free! (For now…)

Since so many teachers and parents are schooling from home, I thought I’d update some of the resources that companies are offering for free, at least through the end of the academic year.

Dimensions Math and Primary Math

For students:  free instructional lesson videos  Grades 1–4.
These are designed for students to use with textbooks and workbooks to complete their school work. Many of these lessons may be used for students using Primary Mathematics as well; PM students should look here to find the corresponding Dimensions Math chapters.

For teachers: free access to ebooks. Fill out the request form here: https://www.singaporemath.com/at-home-learning

Primary Math and Math in Focus

Marshall Cavendish is providing free access through the end of May to Math Buddies, an online learning tool.

Some of my favorite sites and apps

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Word Problem Wednesday – Printer and Laptops

Our new problem is from the soon-to-be-published Dimensions Math 5A textbook. The word problem is from Chapter 1 after lessons on mental math.

You’ll want to draw a bar model, but then see if you can complete the computations mentally!

A library bought a printer and 5 laptops that cost $6,000 altogether. Each laptop cost $420 more than each printer. How much does the printer cost?


Our previous Word Problem Wednesday problem came from an article in the Daily Express, a UK newspaper: This is the maths puzzle that is baffling everyone.

Here’s one solution:

One parent who homeschools had her 7-year-old son take on the challenge. Enjoy the two-part video. I think the best part is in Pt. 2 when the son says to his mom: “Processing, please do not interrupt.”

Part 1
Part 2
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These are challenging times… How can we help?

The Coronavirus pandemic is impacting society across the globe. Efforts to reduce the spread of the virus are forcing unprecedented disruptions, including widespread lockdowns that have closed many of our schools.

Despite the COVID-19 threat, life goes on. Teachers, who thrive on personal interaction with students in their classrooms, are being asked to deliver instruction remotely. And students are being asked to learn independently.

In these challenging times, we want to help.

Free Dimensions Math Lesson Videos

For students, Singapore Math Inc. is currently offering free instructional lesson videos created for Dimensions Math Grades 1–4. These are designed for students to use with textbooks and workbooks to complete their school work. Many of these lessons may be used for students using Primary Mathematics as well; PM students should look here to find the corresponding Dimensions Math chapters.

Live Online Q & A Sessions

With the COVID crisis keeping me at home, I really miss spending time with teachers. Fortunately, tech tools like Zoom offer an alternative. So, beginning next week, I plan to host live, online meetings to address your questions about teaching math using a Singapore approach.

Are you stuck at home and need to teach your students remotely? Just curious about Singapore Math or Model Drawing? 

This is your opportunity to Ask Me Anything about teaching math the Singapore way. Please register here for the Tuesday, March 31 session. This Q & A will begin at 1:00 PM  Mountain Time (US). Attendance is limited, so sign up today! Canceled due to personal emergency. We’ll try again in 2 weeks!

I’d love your input on times or topics for future sessions; share your suggestions here.

Summer Jumpstart Your Singapore Math Workshop Update

The Coronavirus pandemic has escalated significantly since we announced these workshops three weeks ago. We hope the crisis will soon pass and life will return to something more normal.

We know when that happens, teachers will want training for the next school year. It is too early to know whether it will be safe or proper to hold summer training. We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates here.  We will also notify those registered of any changes and offer a flexible refund policy.

Please stay safe in these uncertain times.

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Announcing Jumpstart Your Singapore Math: Summer 2020

I couldn’t imagine teaching this year without this class. It was amazing!
Joanne Pilon
6-8 Math, Holy Family Academy, MN

Back by popular demand!

We are pleased to announce the return of Jumpstart, an intensive, two-day workshop for current and potential users of Dimensions Math, Primary Mathematics, Eureka/EngageNY, Think! Mathematics,  or 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 boost your math teaching skills…
  • wanting to incorporate the best practices from Singapore into your current curriculum…or
  • curious about the reasons for Singapore’s remarkable success…

…then this workshop is for you!

Click here to get all of the details on this exciting program!

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