• Singapore Math Institute

    Please note that this workshop has been cancelled.

    June 26-29, 2017
    8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Cost: $800 if registered before May 4; $875 if registered between May 5 and June 2 (includes a continental breakfast and lunch each day, a Parker/Baldridge textbook “Elementary Math for Teachers,” and copies of the 3A, 4A, 5A, and 6A Singapore Primary series student texts)

    Private rooms in suites in our residence halls are available for $225 for four nights. All suites have their own bathrooms and showers.

    Course Description
    Students in Singapore have among the highest mathematics scores at the 4th and 8th grade levels in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. The National Math Panel called Singapore a “world leader in mathematics achievement.” The Common Core State Standards Initiative states: “The composite standards [of Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore] have a number of features that can inform an international benchmarking process for the development of K–6 mathematics standards in the U.S.” Part of the reason is the approach taken in their elementary math textbooks, which emphasizes developing a strong understanding of the Number and Operations Strand. They teach problem solving using the model drawing process, which helps students develop a visual bridge to algebra.

    The primary goal of this institute is to deepen your understanding of the math you teach, regardless of whether you plan to use these books as your primary texts. Can you explain to your students why you can’t divide by 0, or why algorithms work? Can you explain how to divide by a fraction and why the process works? Can you provide them with examples of real world situations involving division of fractions? Are you comfortable teaching multi-step word problems? The number and operations strand forms the basis for most K-12 mathematics. Strengthening your understanding will help you to be more effective as a teacher. The program will provide a supportive, yet challenging environment for professionals working together.

    Course Instructors

    • Richard Bisk, Ph.D., WSU professor emeritus of mathematics, has worked extensively with K-12 teachers and their students for over twenty-five years. He has provided professional development using the Singapore Mathematics materials since 2000 and has given presentations at national and international conferences on this work.
    • Michael Winders, Ph.D., WSU associate professor of mathematics and department chair, has taught a wide variety of courses during his time at WSU. He teaches WSU’s Number and Operations and Geometry and Measurement for Teachers using Singapore textbooks as supplementary materials.

    If using a purchase order, please contact Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Sara Grady.

    If you have program questions, contact Dr. Bisk  or Dr. Winders.

    If you have housing questions, contact Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing Kristen Nelson.

    Program Coordinators
    Richard Bisk

    Michael Winders