Singapore Math Model Drawing Seminar

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In response to requests about upcoming trainings, here is an update on one of my Singapore Math workshops that is open to the public:

Boost Students’ Math Problem-Solving Skills Using Singapore Model Drawing
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Mesa Convention Center
Mesa, AZ
January 19th.

This in-depth look at the Singapore Math Model Drawing method will help your students understand and master problem solving.  (Plus you a get a handy-dandy handbook!)

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Successful implementation: Buying books is just the first step

Schools considering Singapore Math programs in their schools frequently ask me what the biggest challenges are when adopting  the curriculum. Let me give you an example from a third grade classroom I visited recently.

The math period started with a mad math minute type of activity of either addition or subtraction, depending where the students were working.  For the lessons on multiplication and division by 8’s and 9’s, the teacher chose to list the tables from 2 x 8 through 9 x 8 on the whiteboard and have the students copy them down, like this:

Next, the teacher had the students make flash cards and quiz each other.  Finally, in a class of 27, they played around the world. The game where two students compete against each other to see who can get the answer to the problem on the flash card faster.

The lesson in the textbook does include some multiplication charts. The textbook was open on the teacher’s desk and she did refer to it at least once during the lesson:

Primary Mathematics 3A Textbook, U.S. Edition:

Notice how the textbook draws out a student’s prior knowledge to show the patterns behind the computation?

The 3A Teacher’s Guide includes a more comprehensive lesson based on a deeper understanding of the number 8 and it’s multiples. I couldn’t find it in the room.

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Can you see the difference in the depth of a student’s understanding  after the Primary Mathematics lesson?

Note that the subsequent three lessons are:

  • Multiplying a 2 or 3 digit number by 8.
  • Dividing a 2 or 3 digit number by 8.
  • Word problems that require multiplying and dividing by 8.

The sequence of lessons follows the same pattern for the number 9.

When I asked the teacher about the lesson, she essentially said, “well, I didn’t think to look at the teacher’s guide. I’ve always taught this way.” She’s new to the school and only had about 2 hours of training.

Back to the original question. One of the biggest challenges for schools adopting the Singapore Math curriculum is the need for adequate training. If teachers don’t understand what makes Singapore different or if they lack content knowledge,  they’ll continue to teach the way they always have. Effective training will give teachers an understanding of Singapore Math’s philosophy and approach and leave them with confidence in their ability to teach it.

Buying the curriculum is the first step. Successful schools invest in content-based training.

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Upcoming Singapore Math Trainings

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In response to requests about upcoming trainings, here are some of my Singapore Math workshops that are open to the public.

The seminar “How to Use Strategies from Singapore Math to Strengthen your Math Instruction” will be offered in several cities this winter. You can read more about these one day seminars and register by clicking on the city.

January 31 – Neenah, WI

February 1 – Madison, WI

February 2 – Rochester, MN

February 3 – Sioux Falls, SD

February 4 – Fargo, ND

Save the date – May seminars will be opening for registration soon!
May 9 – Providence, RI
May 10 – Albany, NY
May 11 – Hartford, CT
May 12 – Dallas, TX
May 13 – Phoenix, AZ

Whether you’re new to Singapore Math or just interested in learning more about some of the strategies, you’re sure to leave with a new understanding of the curriculum, strategies that you can use tomorrow and renewed energy for teaching math. (Plus a handy-dandy handbook!)

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Upcoming Singapore Math Workshops

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I’ll be presenting “How to Use Strategies from Singapore Math to Strengthen your Math Instruction” at four workshops this winter. You can read more about these 1 day seminars and register by clicking on the city.

February 10 – Harrisburg, PA – Rescheduled for March 9th

February 11 – Atlanta, GA – Rescheduled for March 10th

March 29 – Rochester, NY

March 30 – Buffalo, NY

Whether you’re new to Singapore Math or just interested in learning more about some of the strategies, you’re sure to leave with a new understanding of the curriculum. (And a handy-dandy handbook!)

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