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Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6

In this professional development course for teachers, you'll get the training you need to start teaching model drawing, the powerful Singapore Math strategy that gives word problems a visual context. As a teacher, you know that many students groan when it's time to solve word problems. Why is that? Are the problems too difficult? Do students get lost trying to decipher the wording or figure out the computation? Do they simply not know which strategy to use? Actually, it's a combination of all these issues. Luckily, model drawing, a Singapore Math strategy for working word problems, will help your students start to enjoy math in a way they may never have before.

The secret behind model drawing is that it gives students a concrete, reliable set of seven steps that they can use to solve 80% of the word problems out there. They won't have to memorize 20 different techniques and know when to use which anymore. Instead, they'll learn how to read the problem, determine its variables, draw a unit bar (the visual model), adjust that bar, place the question mark to indicate what they're solving for, do the computation, and write a complete sentence at the end. Does it sound too good to be true? This six-week course will prove to you just how effective model drawing can be in your classroom!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6

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Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6 Details + Objective

Course Code: 4sm

You Will Learn
  • Get the training you need to start teaching model drawing
  • Understand how you can teach students new ways to look at common math problems
  • Learn how to incorporate model drawings to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fraction, rate, ratio, and percentage problems
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become more confident in your ability to teach even those students who really struggle with math
  • Learn a new way to teaching math that can make your students excited to learn
  • Achieve better overall classroom results in mathematics
Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6 Outline
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Week 1

Discover a Singapore Math strategy called model drawing which gives students seven reliable steps that will help them solve just about every word problem they encounter. Then, learn the process of model drawing: determine variables, make a visual representation of the problem (the model), adjust that model for problem information, place our question mark to indicate what we're solving for, do the computation, and write a final sentence.

Week 2

Learn how to solve a variety of addition and subtraction problems with model drawings that will help you whether you teach first grade or sixth.

Week 3

Learn to solve potentially tricky multiplication and division problems using model drawings.

Week 4

Tackle fraction word problems that are easy to visualize with the unit bar model. Then, learn how to set up the two different comparisons in a typical rate problem (like miles per gallon or cookies per plate). You'll soon be breezing through even the most complicated rate problems.

Week 5

Discover how to solve ratio problems which is all about finding a base unit and working from there. Then, you’ll learn how to solve percent word problems using the handy percent ruler, a great model drawing trick which makes these problems a snap to solve.

Week 6

Practice solving word problems and matching a word problem to a pre-created model so you’ll be ready to teach the methods you’ve learned to your students and fellow teachers.

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Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6 Instructors
Anni Stipek

Anni Stipek graduated from University of Puget Sound with a bachelor's degree in  Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She has over 20 years experience in the classroom ranging from teaching kindergarten to high school math intervention courses, as well as five years as a math consultant and presenter for Staff Development for Educators. She has written and facilitates other online courses, including The Foundations of Singapore Math Model Drawing Grades 1-6 and The Foundations of Singapore Math Number Sense/Computation Strategies Grades 1-6. Anni's passion is to share with as many educators the pedagogy and methods that The Singapore Ministry of Education promotes to their teachers and students so we can help our student's master mathematics as they do in Singapore.

Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6 Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6 Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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