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Math in Focus   Singapore Math                    By PresenterMedia.com
Transitioning to Math in Focus   Why Math in Focus?• TheCommon Core Math Standards call for a new level of rigor, depth, a...
•Transitioning to Math in Focus Why Math in Focus? • Aftercareful review, Dunlap teachers  and administrators felt the Mat...
•Math in Focus Research     A Comparison of the United States and Singapore •   Trends In Math and Science Study (TIMSS)
•Did You Know? A student’s attitude and belief he or  she can do the math is as important  as actual ability.
•Benefits of Math in Focus• Students  will learn the ‘why’  behind the math concept before  they learn the ‘how’.• This al...
Key StrategiesCONCRETE PICTORIAL ABSTRACTVISUALIZATIONMATH AS THINKING
•Unit Format• Chapter   Pre test• Lessons• Chapter   Post test• Assessments (pre and post tests) are designed to meet the ...
Pre Tests in Math in Focus• Pre   tests in the Math in Focus program are philosophically different. In Math in Focus, stud...
Each lesson follows this format :Direct InstructionGuided PracticeHands-On ActivityLet’s PracticeIndependent PracticeOne i...
•Direct Instruction • Direct instruction revolves around  conversations and visualizations of the  skill being taught in t...
•What Direct Instruction Looks Like… Students will not see the picture. Rather, the teacher uses the  picture to guide the...
•Guided Practice• Includes:    • Manipulatives    • Teacher questioning    • Cooperative grouping• Thisoccurs several time...
•What does Guided Practice Look Like?
•Hands-On Activity• Allowsthe students to demonstrate their understanding of a skill.• Allowsthe teacher to assess student...
•Hands on Activity:      Students applying what they know
•Let’s Practice• Last   step before independent practice• Allows       the students to demonstrate their understanding of ...
•Let’s Practice      First Steps to Independence
•Independent Practice    a.k.a. ‘Homework’• Studentswill move to independent practice when understanding has been demonstr...
Math in Focus Sequence• Theconcepts and skills are intentional, designed to prepare students for success in more advanced ...
•Spiraling in Math in FocusBased on the work of Jerome Bruner•A curriculum as it develops should revisit basic ideas repea...
Differentiation in Math in Focus:On Level Learners have experiences that will solidify their learning.Struggling Learners ...
•Final Thoughts • In   order to change the way a student     learns, teachers must change the way they     teach. •   As t...
•For further information•   A parent meeting is being planned for later this Fall. Please    watch for further information...
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  1. 1. Math in Focus Singapore Math By PresenterMedia.com
  2. 2. Transitioning to Math in Focus Why Math in Focus?• TheCommon Core Math Standards call for a new level of rigor, depth, and coherence that will prepare our students to compete successfully in college and in the modern workforce.
  3. 3. •Transitioning to Math in Focus Why Math in Focus? • Aftercareful review, Dunlap teachers and administrators felt the Math in Focus series was the resource needed for our students to achieve the curriculum as set forth by the Common Core Math Standards.
  4. 4. •Math in Focus Research A Comparison of the United States and Singapore • Trends In Math and Science Study (TIMSS)
  5. 5. •Did You Know? A student’s attitude and belief he or she can do the math is as important as actual ability.
  6. 6. •Benefits of Math in Focus• Students will learn the ‘why’ behind the math concept before they learn the ‘how’.• This allows teachers to teach to mastery.
  7. 7. Key StrategiesCONCRETE PICTORIAL ABSTRACTVISUALIZATIONMATH AS THINKING
  8. 8. •Unit Format• Chapter Pre test• Lessons• Chapter Post test• Assessments (pre and post tests) are designed to meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Therefore routine and non routine problems are included.
  9. 9. Pre Tests in Math in Focus• Pre tests in the Math in Focus program are philosophically different. In Math in Focus, students doing well on the pretest means that they are READY to learn the topics covered in that chapter. It does not mean the child already knows the material.
  10. 10. Each lesson follows this format :Direct InstructionGuided PracticeHands-On ActivityLet’s PracticeIndependent PracticeOne important note: Lessons in Math in Focus require multiple days to ensure mastery is being achieved. No longer will there be a new lesson every day.
  11. 11. •Direct Instruction • Direct instruction revolves around conversations and visualizations of the skill being taught in the lesson. • Through conversations between teacher and students, a solid foundation is established. • Direct instruction occurs several times during a lesson.
  12. 12. •What Direct Instruction Looks Like… Students will not see the picture. Rather, the teacher uses the picture to guide the conversation.
  13. 13. •Guided Practice• Includes: • Manipulatives • Teacher questioning • Cooperative grouping• Thisoccurs several times throughout the lesson.
  14. 14. •What does Guided Practice Look Like?
  15. 15. •Hands-On Activity• Allowsthe students to demonstrate their understanding of a skill.• Allowsthe teacher to assess students’ understanding and correct errors
  16. 16. •Hands on Activity: Students applying what they know
  17. 17. •Let’s Practice• Last step before independent practice• Allows the students to demonstrate their understanding of a skill independently in class• Allows the teacher to assess students’ understanding and correct errors
  18. 18. •Let’s Practice First Steps to Independence
  19. 19. •Independent Practice a.k.a. ‘Homework’• Studentswill move to independent practice when understanding has been demonstrated in the classroom.• Although some independent practice will take place at home, most will be done in school.
  20. 20. Math in Focus Sequence• Theconcepts and skills are intentional, designed to prepare students for success in more advanced mathematics.
  21. 21. •Spiraling in Math in FocusBased on the work of Jerome Bruner•A curriculum as it develops should revisit basic ideas repeatedly.• Eachtime a concept is revisited in Math in Focus, it is also extended.• Students are not just repeating skills, rather practicing the same skill at a higher level.
  22. 22. Differentiation in Math in Focus:On Level Learners have experiences that will solidify their learning.Struggling Learners spend more of their experience in the concrete phase, with manipulatives and visuals to aid their learning.Advanced Learners have experiences of varying complexity to extend their learning.
  23. 23. •Final Thoughts • In order to change the way a student learns, teachers must change the way they teach. • As the nation transfers to the new expectations of the Common Core State Standards, what is taught and how it is taught will evolve to meet those guidelines.
  24. 24. •For further information• A parent meeting is being planned for later this Fall. Please watch for further information.• Feel free to visit: http://www.greatsource.com/singaporemath/faq.html• Or Dr. Yeap Ban Har’s blog:• http://www.blogger.com/profile/14995827943531633736
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