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Singapore Math Workshop

On July 15, 2019, Rockingham Community College and the AmeriCorps/Vista team hosted an instructional workshop for home school parent-teachers.

Facilitator Kim Bell was brought in to lead the workshop, titled “Singapore Math Strategies and Philosophies” – a program based on the mathematics curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth-grade students in Singapore.

In the 1980s, the U.S. and Singapore ranked in the lower half of all the countries that had students take the TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) test. Singapore began studying American research, and based on those studies, Singapore developed a method that centered on problem-solving rather than memorization. 

"Bell described Singapore Math as 'an approach to teaching math that produces strong problem solvers and logical thinkers,' through which students learn math concepts using a three-step process of concrete (using objects such as chips or paper clips), pictorial (drawing pictures of math concepts), and then abstract (using numbers and symbols)." --read more at News at RCC

The attached resource details the planning progress/process, all promotional materials, handouts, trainer contact information, workshop evaluations and other miscellaneous materials associated with this event.

Singapore Math Promotional Workbook