When you say, "It's time for math," do your students roll their eyes? What teacher hasn't dealt with that? It doesn't have to be that way. In this course, you'll master model drawing, a revolutionary technique for teaching problem-solving to middle school math students.
Model drawing is a core part of Singapore Math, a base-10 math program that forms the foundation of math instruction in Singapore. When you introduce model drawing into your classroom, your students will succeed with word problems, build math skills, and develop self-confidence. And they'll even look forward to math!
You'll learn how to use model drawing with many different types of word problems, including part-whole problems, word problems involving comparisons, and before-and-after word problems. You'll also master advanced techniques to help you model more complex problems, and gain insights into how to guide students as they grapple with consecutive integers, remainders, percents, and problems involving rate and distance.
Finally, you'll put it all together as you create your own word problems based on models provided in the course. You'll even learn how to train parents in the basics of model drawing so they can help their kids continue to build their problem-solving skills.
Model drawing works—and it's fun as well. Get ready to turn your math students into math lovers!
Note: To receive 25 hours of instruction in the State of Oregon, please ensure your school is eligible to issue professional development units, and that the course is approved by your professional learning coordinator.
About The Instructor
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.