Preparing for a transition to Singapore math typically involves a series of professional development courses to help teachers add depth to their instructional practices and develop a greater understanding of program pedagogy, strategies, and content. Schools adopting Math in Focus™ begin with an Instructional Strategies Course for Grades K-6.
“As a teacher, what was it that “clicked” in your studies of Singapore math?”
Instructional Strategies is designed to be an interactive one-day course for understanding how the instructional strategies of a Singapore math program will add depth to their instruction while developing a greater understanding of mathematics. Educators experience the same instruction that will be used in the classroom to develop student understanding and intellectual growth. Special attention is paid to how students learn and the role of the teacher in a Singapore math classroom. Time is also spent understanding why the carefully sequenced and paced instruction, covering fewer topics in-depth, will enhance students’ math achievement. Emphasis is on experiencing the vertical alignment of content across the grade-levels.
Objectives: Understand the Singapore philosophy of a focused coherent curriculum; Experience the pedagogy of concrete-pictorial-abstract; Learn and practice key instructional strategies including number bonds, mental calculations, and model-drawing; Investigate the instructional pathway of Math in Focus; Understand, observe, and apply the lesson structure and extensive teacher support; Understand how the instruction is developed from the principals of the Singapore math curriculum; Recognize how instruction moves from concrete to pictorial to abstract; Utilize the appropriate instructional strategies in daily lessons
Schools and districts who have not yet adopted Math in Focus™ may benefit from Specialized Training that is designed to help with a transition to Singapore math.
Introduction to Singapore Math (K-5) or
Model Drawing (2-8).