ABOUT THIS COURSE
This is a foundational course in the Singaporean Approach to teaching mathematics at the elementary level. Students will learn the theory, strategies, and concepts that drive this unique and proven successful approach to teaching mathematics. It is important to note that these concepts are rooted in the most widely accepted educational research from around the world and can be applied in any elementary classroom. Some of the topics for this workshop include:
- The 5 key learning experiences that boost student achievement and deepen understanding
- Using Singapore’s 3-part lesson format to meet the needs of all students
- Building understanding through the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to instruction
- Journaling routines and practices for the mathematics classroom
- The characteristics of effective guided and independent practice
- Meeting the needs of struggling learners in the mainstream classroom
- The correct use of concrete manipulatives
Learners who complete this course receive 3 transferrable graduate credits from Southern New Hampshire University. Upon satisfactory completion of your coursework, you will be provided an official transcript.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har and Drs. Bill & Amy Tozzo instruct this course. The media has called Dr. Yeap Ban Har “Singapore Math’s Michael Jordan” and “Royalty when it comes to Singapore Math.” He is considered to be one of the most accomplished trainers and speakers in the world on the subjects of K12 Mathematics, and the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. Dr. Yeap Ban Har taught at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for more than ten years. There he taught a range of teacher education courses and was involved in several funded research programs in mathematics education. Since 2010, he has held two concurrent positions as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at the Pathlight School in Singapore, and the principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, a global teacher professional development division of Marshall Cavendish Publishers. He has since left his position at Marshall Cavendish Institute to take up a more active role at the Anglo Singapore International School, a Singapore school with three campuses in Thailand. He has authored dozens of textbooks, various titles in mathematics education and scholarly articles. His latest project is the new program, “think! Mathematics” by SL Education, an exciting new elementary Singapore Mathematics program co-authored with the owners of 3R Industries, Drs. Amy and Bill Tozzo. Amy and Bill share over 35 years of full-time classroom teaching experience, and 10 years of teacher education and leadership. Unlike many of even the most popular trainers, Bill and Amy practice what they preach and love what they teach.
GRADUATE CREDIT INFORMATION
Total Transferrable Graduate Credits: 3
Primary Method of Instruction: Self-Paced online instruction comprised of professionally recorded videos of Dr. Yeap's 2-day Singapore Mathematics course and online readings, collaborative assignments, quizzes and written papers.
SNHU Course Code: PDMA 500TT
Evaluation/Grading: Modules are assigned points totaling 100 for the course and will be graded by Dr. Amy Butterfield-Tozzo or Dr. Bill Tozzo. To be awarded credit for the course the student must complete all lessons, and earn 73 out of the 100 possible points within 6 months of registering for the course. Once you have submitted all of your work for grading you will receive your grade within 5 business days. If you have not earned the minimum points required by SNHU for credit (73 points) you will be contacted and given feedback on your work. If you have met the requirements for credit, you will receive your grade and a link to a form you'll need to complete to process your credits through SNHU.
Accessing You SNHU Grades & Transcript: Within 10 days of receiving your form SNHU will process your graduate credits and your transcript will be available within 10 business days. To order your transcript you can visit the SNHU transcript ordering website, or visit their SNHU Tools and Resources page for more information. If you have any issues or questions you can reach out to CourseCredit@snhu.edu. They are terrific and can access your account and provide all the help you need!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Cancellations and Refunds: Due to our agreement with SNHU, once the student has started the course we cannot offer any refunds.
In this module, Dr. Yeap introduces the history, background, and characteristics of the Singapore Approach to teaching mathematics. Following the introduction, you'll learn about the famous C-P-A design, the 3-Part lesson structure and finally, journal writing and reading in mathematics classes.
- Self-Reflection and Goal Setting – Written Assignment (15 Points)
- A Brief History of Singapore Mathematics – Required Reading
- Jerome Bruner – A Singapore Mathematics Icon – Required Reading
- Designing Great Anchor Tasks
- Introduction and the History of Singapore Mathematics
- Lesson Design and Essential Learning Experiences
- Video Reflection – Module 1 (5 points)
- Module 1 Quiz – Introduction and Lesson Design
In this module, Dr. Yeap discusses various types of mathematical knowledge while referring to the learning theories developed by Richard Skemp. Also discussed is how students develop fact fluency correctly with suggested strategies for classroom teachers.
- Reading in Math Class
- Journal Writing in Mathematics Instruction
- Student Journals – Types and Examples
- Multiplication Fact Development – Strategies to Fluency
- Procedures, Concepts, and Conventions in Mathematics
- Critical Concepts for Young Learners
- Number Bonds – Critical Understand – Required Reading
- Video Reflection – Module 2 (5 points)
- Module 2 Quiz- Knowledge Types and Fact Development
- Multiplication and Division – Progressions and Key Conceptualizations
- Singapore’s Dynamic Math Curriculum – Key Competencies and Big Ideas
- Addition Fact Development and Teaching Strategies Free Preview
- Strategies for Teaching Word Problems
- Video Reflection – Module 3 (5 points)
- Module 3 Quiz- Number Operations in the Early Grades
- Review of Day 1 with Q&A Session
- Classroom Management and Student Grouping
- International Comparative Testing Data
- Number Sense – Decomposition in Multiplication and Division
- Dividing Whole Numbers – Learning Progressions and Conceptualizations
- Video Reflection – Module 4 (5 points)
- Module 4 Quiz – Number Sense Development
- Mathematical Problem Solving in Singapore Schools – Required Reading
- Introducing Bar Models – Getting Students Started
- Subtraction – Developing Algorithms with Number Sense
- 5 Key Mathematical Abilities and Review
- Student Math Journals – Exploring and Discussing Examples
- The 3 Purposes of a Mathematics Lesson
- Critical Student Abilities in Mathematics – Metacognition
- Video Reflection – Module 5 (5 points)
- Module 5 Quiz- Problem Solving & Student Learning