A Problem Solving Approach to Teaching Middle School Mathematics with Dr. Yeap Ban Har
Problem-solving plays a critical role in the education of all K-12 mathematics students. However, knowing how to incorporate problem-solving into a curriculum and daily instruction remains challenging for many teachers. Participants in this 1-day workshop will learn to make problem-solving and critical thinking part of their everyday teaching through the use of problem-based anchor tasks and meaningful discourse. They will learn to differentiate problems and tasks to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse classrooms. Mathematical content will be based on the 6-8 Common Core State Standards and will include fractions, integers, algebra, and geometry.
About Dr. Yeap Ban Har
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 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. For the last eight years, 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 Shing Lee Publishers, an exciting new elementary Singapore Mathematics program co authored with the owners of 3R Industries, Drs. Amy and Bill Tozzo.