A few weeks ago, I went to a workshop called, "Boosting Students' Math Problem-Solving Skills Using Singapore Model Drawing".
And I loved it.
With all the demands around End-of-Year teacher checklists, observation and student testing, I did not get a
chance to try it out with my kiddos.
I "almost" forgot about it!
It isn't exactly a new skill...
according to the curriculum.
That calls it something else and randomly throws in a Unit Assessment from time to time.
"What is Bar Modeling?", asks a follower.
Bar Modeling is similar to the "Draw A Picture to Solve" strategy, yet it is always a variation of the same picture (bars of some sort) to solve problems using different operations. Bar Modeling is a method for students to transfer information in a problem to a visual, that they can solve.
My students struggle with breaking apart word problem,
and trying to figure out what strategies to do.
So this was perfect.
We walked through a problem today in class.
This is not how long it was....my Panoramic option on my iPhone wanted a battle of the wits.
And I lost *hangs head in shame*
But I did manage to snap a pic of Bar Model Learning at its FINEST.
I cannot wait to delve into it more :-)
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