Teacher Review For Thinking Blocks

Singapore Math DeMystified!

Keith S.
Classroom teacher
Bedminster Township School
Bedminster, NJ
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My Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have used this site with several tutoring students who were having difficulties with the Singapore Math concepts. After two short sessions, one of my fourth graders was able to walk a sixth grader through a progression of problems, using the language and applying steps with accuracy. More importantly, both students were able to transfer this learning to the page as well. There is an open ended modeling option which would allow teachers to model their own problems via the use of a whiteboard, or students could do the same on laptops at their desks. If you want parents to have a fighting chance of helping students with visualizing math models, a parent session with this site would be highly recommended!
My Take
If your math program attempts to use any element of Singapore Math in which students construct models of equations with blocks, you need this site! Your students' parents need this site! This truly removes the mystery from the process of equation modeling, and helps students to understand its very usefulness in solving word problems that many adults would have difficulty solving, even with a fair understanding of algebra. The site is NOT one where you could just "send the kids." Teachers need to preview the modeling and become familiar with the step-by-step processes that the site helps you to understand. Once students see HOW the site works, however, most students in grades 4 and up would be able to take on the well-paced and incrementally more challenging problems.