Wednesday, July 1, 2015

June 1.2.3 | London

Day 1 Main Slides are available here.

Key Ideas Discussed
  • International Assessment Data
  • Adding Three 1-Digit Numbers - Concept Development Lesson
  • Dividing Two-Digit Numbers - Concept Development Lesson
  • Model Method
  • Multiplying Two-Digit Number - Practice Lesson
  • Lesson Structure
  • Five Core Competencies
  • Differentiating Instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29.30 | London

24 Maths Hub of 34 in England are using Maths - No Problem! in the coming school year.
Teachers are attending a two-day professional learning on teaching Year 1/2 mathematics.

Slides from Day 1 Maths Hub Textbook Project are here.

Slides from Day 1 and Day 2 Maths Hub Textbook Project are here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 15-20 | Jacksonville

K-2 Institute           Slides are available here.
Video on Three Meanings of Subtraction is available here.
Day One
The general sessions on Numbers and Geometry introduces the five elements of a lesson - exploring, structuring, journaling, reflecting and practicing with their theoretical underpinnings.
The breakout sessions are workshops on addition and subtraction, common difficulties in measurements (length, time and money), and bar models.
The end of day reflection by participants indicated that they found CPA Approach to be an important learning point together with the ideas by the 'five wise guys' (no, none of them is either Ban Har or Sarah!). The idea of letting students solve a problem in multiple ways (Method 1, Method 2) was also mentioned by a participant.
Day Two focuses on writing and discussing assessment items as well looking at an example of formative assessment. I also did a kindergarten math session and delivered the opening session on generalization.
Selected TIMSS Items here.
3-5 Institute            Slides are available here.
Common Core State Standards Critical Areas - Look under Introduction
Day One
The opening sessions looked at metacognition in computation and problem solving. The closing session shows the main elements of a math lesson - exploring, structuring, journaling and reflecting.
I also did a session on ratio and another on bar models.
Day 2 focuses on fractions, visualization and assessment.
6-8 Institute             Slides are available here.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June 8 | Hopkins (Blake)

Grade 1 Institute  Handouts  Slides
Counting, Adding by Making 10, Subtracting with Renaming and Number Bonds are the focus content area in the Grade 1 Institute.

Grade 2 Institute  Handouts  Slides
The focus was on subtraction with regrouping for three-digit numbers, addition as well as word problems, multiplication and equal parts.

Grade 3 Institute  Handouts  Slides
We focused on multi digit multiplication and addition. And a bit of fractions.

Grade 4 Institute  Handouts  Slides
We focused on fractions.

Grade 5 Institute  Handouts  Slides
Grade 5 institute was mostly on multiplication and division of fractions.

Grade 6 Institute  Handouts  Slides
We looked at three types of lessons in mathematics.

Handouts are available for printing before class. Slides are available after class.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 4 | Singapore (AME-SMS Conference)

I used Bamboo Paper and not-a-21st-Century Competency (handwriting) in my AME-SMS Conference keynote presentation at NUS High School of Math and Science.

June 3 | Singapore (Singapore Early Childhood Education Symposium)

Friday, May 29, 2015

May 30 | Manila

Formative assessment as gathering data to identify students who are approaching, meeting and exceeding expectations so that appropriate measures can be taken (remedial, consolidation, enrichment).

Journals can be used to assess student learning etc.

Check List for Writing Items
1. Realism - realistic situations
2. Context - avoid unfamiliar ones
3. Hidden Assumptions - no passengers as the train arrived at the first station
4. .....

What is the value of MCQ?
To credit students who can solve a problem but unable to articulate their reasoning in conventional way.

In Singapore national test, MCQ is used in primary schools to test basic concepts and skills (10 items 10%). They are also used to assess problem solving (5 items 10%).