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Singapore Math: A Visual Approach to Problem Solving

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Inspiring Students to See Mathematicians as Role Models

Presented by Andy Clark, U.S. Consultant for Math in Focus © 2020 Grades 1–Course 3 and Writer for Course 2–Course 3
Moderated by Whitney Yaple, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Math in Focus®, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Mathematics

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The development of successful problem-solving skills is a key part of mathematics learning. Through visualization and the model drawing approach, commonly used in Singapore Math®, students gain the skills they need to tackle increasingly complicated word problems from one grade level to the next. What is most exciting is that rather than using the usual student favorite—guess and check, or at least guess—with model drawing, students learn to tackle word problems with efficient and strategic visual models that lead to generalizations. This puts them on the road to algebra and future success in higher-level mathematics.

In this edWebinar, viewers will:

  • Understand the effectiveness of visual models and visualization to develop conceptual understanding and number sense
  • Explore and use the Singapore Math® model drawing approach to solve routine and non-routine word problems
  • Be able to use visual models to develop quantitative reasoning that leads to algebraic generalization
  • Enable more students to access complex problems using visualization and visual models

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-8 teachers, school and district leaders, math curriculum directors, math coaches, and math department chairs.


Andy ClarkAbout the Presenter

Andy Clark is an advisor on the Math in Focus®: Singapore Math® by Marshall Cavendish® programs, which introduced the renowned Singapore curriculum to the United States. He is a U.S. consultant for Math in Focus © 2020 Grades 1–Course 3 and writer for Course 2–Course 3. He is the former K–12 math director for Portland Public Schools, which outperformed the state and closed the achievement gap in mathematics. As Director, he was principal investigator of the last Urban Systemic Grant authorized by the National Science Foundation. He has taught all levels of the K–12 system and has conducted professional development in more than 40 states. He is the author of Algebra Readiness; Summer Success: Math; Partner Games 6; and Practice Counts Grades 1–6.


Whitney YapleAbout the Host

Whitney Yaple is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and has over 7 years of experience in the Educational Publishing Industry. She is a life-long learner who is passionate about improving educational outcomes and is excited to partner with you and provide new ideas, strategies, and tactics to grow your math instruction.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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