### Math in Focus Slideshow

```Why Math in Focus?
The Singapore Math
Approach
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After careful review, Rankin teachers
and administrators felt the Math in
Focus series was the resource needed
for our students to achieve the
curriculum as set forth by the Illinois
Common Core Math Standards.
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The Common Core Math Standards call
for a new level of rigor, depth, and
coherence that will prepare our
students to compete successfully in
college and in the modern workforce.
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Did You Know?
A student’s attitude and belief
he or she can do the math is as
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important
as actual ability.
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Benefits of Math in Focus:
Students will learn the ‘why’ behind
the math concept before they learn
the ‘how’.
This allows teachers to teach to
mastery.
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Key Strategies
CONCRETE
PICTORIAL
ABSTRACT
VISUALIZATION
MATH AS THINKING!
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Concepts are introduced through hands-on
experiences with manipulatives.
Students visualize the concept and
represent it pictorially through models
like number bonds and bar models.
Students only use abstract numbers
and symbols when they have enough
context to understand what they
mean..
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Unit Format
Chapter Pre test
Lessons
Chapter Post test
Assessments (pre and post tests) are designed
to meet the rigor of the Common Core State
Standards.
Therefore routine and non routine problems are
included.
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Pre Tests in Math in Focus
Pre tests in the Math in Focus program are
philosophically different.
In Math in Focus, students doing well on
the pretest means that they are READY to
learn the topics covered in that chapter. It
does not mean the child already knows the
material.
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Each lesson follows this format :
Direct Instruction
Guided Practice
Hands-On Activity
Let’s Practice
Independent Practice
One important note:
Lessons in Math in Focus require multiple days to
ensure mastery is being achieved. No longer will
there be a new lesson every day.
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Direct Instruction
Direct instruction revolves around conversations
and visualizations of the skill being taught in the
lesson.
Through conversations between teacher and
students, a solid foundation is established.
Direct instruction occurs several times during a
lesson.
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Guided Practice Includes:
Manipulatives
Teacher questioning
Cooperative grouping
This occurs several times
throughout the lesson.
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Hands-On Activity
Allows the students to demonstrate
their understanding of a skill.
Allows the teacher to assess
students’ understanding and correct
errors.
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Let’s Practice.
Last step before independent practice.
Allows the students to demonstrate their
understanding of a skill independently in class.
Allows the teacher to assess students’
understanding and correct errors.
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Independent Practice
a.k.a. “Homework”
Students will move to independent practice
when understanding has been demonstrated in
the classroom.
Although some independent practice will take
place at home, most will be done in school.
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Math in Focus Sequence
The concepts and skills are
intentional, designed to prepare
students for success in more
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Spiraling in Math in Focus
Based on the work of Jerome Bruner
A curriculum as it develops should revisit
basic ideas repeatedly.
Each time a concept is revisited in Math in
Focus, it is also extended.
Students are not just repeating skills, rather
practicing the same skill at a higher level.
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Differentiation in Math in Focus:
On Level Learners have experiences that will solidify
their learning.
Struggling Learners spend more of their experience in
the concrete phase, with manipulatives and visuals to
aid their learning.
Advanced Learners have experiences of varying
complexity to extend their learning.
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Final Thoughts
In order to change the way a student learns,
teachers must change the way they teach.
As the nation transfers to the new
expectations of the Common Core State
Standards, what is taught and how it is
taught will evolve to meet those guidelines.
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