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Blake Institute Spring 2014


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Blake Institute Spring 2014

  1. 1. singapore math workshop 22 February 2014 8:30-10:00 Session 1: Problem solving and visualization Singapore Math focuses on problem solving. Experience lessons using the problem-solving approach. Examples include lessons that develops new concepts as well as drill-and-practice lessons using this approach. Also see how visualization is developed in everyday lessons. You should learn more about how problem solving is an everyday thing and strategies to develop students' ability in visualization. 10:15-11:45 Session 2: Teaching of problem solving heuristics You will solve a few problems with the instructor who will model teacher actions during problemsolving lessons. Based on this experience, we will discuss strategies to teach problem-solving heuristics. You will learn several problem-solving heuristics and how to teach them. 12:30-1:30 Session 3: Lesson planning with anchor task for problem solving In this session, the instruction will work through one example where he will articulate his thinking during the lesson planning process which is guided by four critical questions. Participants are invited to deconstruct the process and raise further questions to refine the process of lesson planning. You will learn the essential components of a problem-solving type lesson plan. 1:30-2:15 Session 4: Open lesson on problem solving with questioning and differentiation with Grade 2 Observe the types of questions used to enhance student thinking. Strategies for differentiation to support struggling learners and to challenge advanced learners will be demonstrated. You will learn how the different components of a lesson come together in a 45-minute lesson. 2:30-4:00 Session 5: Assessment strategies There will be a discussion of stages during instruction when assessment is done and the type of information that has to be collected. Both formative and summative assessment will be discussed. You will learn about different assessment strategies.