Friday, November 18, 2016

Bangkok & Chiangmai, Thailand | 18.19 November, 2016

These are the apps I used.
Go to to see the links.

We looked at ways to help students develop visualization ability and ways to improve word problem solving.

The slides will be posted after the Chiangmai Session.

In the primary session, we looked at equivalent fraction and subtraction as well as word problems.
Using this as a case study, we derive strategies to develop visualization.

In the secondary session, we started by examining data on student achievement in mathematics. Lowstudent  achievement in Southeast Asian countries can be attributed to rote memorization, rote procedures and over-emphasis on computations and basic skills.

We looked at division by fractions, algebra, congruency and word problems on simultaneous equations and probably.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Honolulu, USA | 14.15 November 2016

3R Teacher Training website complied the list of apps I use.

We looked at the CPA Approach and Problem-Solving Approach and used two Stepping Stones lessons as case study. Grade 2 lesson on subtraction using number line was used to discuss how we support all learners especially struggling ones and Grade 5 lesson in conversion between measures of volume was used to discussed how we challenge advanced learners.

Along the way we looked at various things inspired by the questions raised by participants.

Hee are some of the slides

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Rochelle, USA | 9.10 November 2016

UNew Rochelle Institute on Advanced Problem Solving and Assessment 

Concept of Variation
Initial discussion of formative assessment 

Problem-solving approach of a basic skill lesson

Developing visualization to prepare students for advanced problem solving

Practice type lesson done in a problem-solving approach 

Problem-solving lesson
Heuristics such as Guess and Check, Model Method and Algebraic Method

Review of Bar Model

Shifting the Bar and Cutting the Bar
As well as the role of number sense and metacognition in advanced problem solving 

Day 2
We look at test item design and grading protocols 

Grading of computation items and direct application items 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Connecticut, USA | 8 November 2016

Farmington Public Schools

Singapore Math, as people call it, started as the government's initiative to improve mathematics learning of students who were not performing well. Hence, the provision of processing time, use of concrete materials and spiral approach are integral fundamentals of mathematics teaching and learning advocated by Singapore's curriculum.
 Case Study 1 - we saw the unfolding of an anchor task taken from MiF.
This is a summary of the discussion.

Refer to for links to these apps.

 Case Study 2 - we looked at an anchor task from MiF. We discussed target method, accessible method and advanced method.

Case Study 3 - Example from Grade 9 Singapore Textbook.

Helping students who need more time or more support....

Case Study on Long Division