This week, I attended the Singapore Math Strategies Conference, organized by Staff Development Education (SDE) at Las Vegas. This was the second Singapore Math Conference I have attended in two weeks, and as always, I am energized by the math colleagues I met at these events. One of the math session was on “assessment”. After …
Blog posts where we share some of our recent experience teaching in the classroom.
There are many important benefits of having a clear and organized set of lesson plans which takes into account the topics to cover as well as the skills and attitudes of students. Aside from syllabus alignment across grades, they allow teachers to avoid teaching from cover to cover, ensures effective handover to a new permanent or substitute teacher, and also serves as evidence of a teacher’s professional performance. Here are 6 reasons why it is important for teachers to have a lesson plan.
In one of my recent school visits, I was doing a lesson study on a Grade 3 class. The class is diverse, some are still struggling with multiplication and division while the rest of mastered the topic and ready to move on. This is not uncommon in many classrooms, but how does the teacher introduce problem solving in such a diverse class? During the lesson study, we starting by introducing questions that focuses on logic and reasoning, with basic concepts on multiplication and division, keeping the numbers small and not overwhelming.
After a very successful session last year, we are privileged to be invited back to Columbia University Teachers College to present a Singapore Math Workshop to teacher residents as part the Teaching Residents at Teachers College TR@TC program. Focusing on Singapore Strategies, we had a great evening discussing topics such as ways to better support students, the importance of striking a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, and the role of problem solving in our day to day classrooms.
It is a leap year and that means March comes one day later this year! Bet you have been teaching your kids all about leap year calculations this month, but did you know that leap years don’t always happen every four years? According to Wikipedia: Some exceptions to this basic rule are required since the …