The latest advice from experts? Focus on the “power standards.” The ones that really matter at every grade level. But shouldn’t those BE the standards? At Tang Math, we have always believed "less is more.” And even though we think that’s common sense, we are proud to be decidedly uncommon in our approach to math instruction.
We focus on fewer, more powerful strategies and teaching methods, and mastery of fundamental skills and concepts. We do not think kids should be burdened with additional strategies when they have yet to master critical, benchmark strategies. We believe they need a progression of concrete, pictorial, and abstract models that will help them make sense of underlying concepts, see connections, and generalize their understanding.
Since 2001, Greg Tang has pioneered and refined this approach while doing more than 4,000 workshops, conferences, and school visits. He has transformed countless schools and districts along the way. Now, Greg’s sons have programmed every strategy he has taught, every model he has drawn, and every progression he has developed. Together with Greg, they have carefully designed and coded a ground-breaking set of tools that gives teachers and students a better, more connected understanding of math.
TangMath.com is a new, school-wide, subscription website for K-5 teachers, It is a teaching, modeling, assessment, diagnostic, and differentiation tool all rolled into one. It represents a systematic yet streamlined approach to math instruction that uses visual models to make sense of concepts, and cleverly designed problems, games, and puzzles to generalize concepts and develop fluency.
“It is the only resource I have ever seen rooted in the proper scaffolding and implementation of strategies. I’m willing to scrape together every penny I need to get it.” Kansas City Principal
Virtual reality. Social distancing this fall on top of lost instructional time last spring means the coming school year will be another challenging one for teachers. With TangMath.com, you can have instant, online access to all of Greg’s teaching methods and materials. Modeling problems in multiple ways – visually and virtually – will be as easy as clicking a mouse.
Do your students need help with operations? We use ten frames to add and subtract single-digit numbers, linking cubes, base 10 blocks, and base 10 discs to subtract multi-digit numbers, and area models and intuitive algorithms to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals. We use Cuisenaire Rods® to teach fractions and number lines, Tangy Tiles™ to teach composite area and volume, and Tangy Tuesday™ and Wordy Wednesday™ puzzles to reason about geometry, measurement, and data.
Do your students need help with word problems? We have programmed all of the major problem types and will continue to add more over time. Our powerful code generates both problems and their step-by-step, visual solutions. Teachers can develop their own skills first, then use our site to teach their students directly – either in person or virtually. With practice, we can all learn to model and master even the most challenging, multi-step problems.
To teach K-5 math effectively, we believe teachers should start with the most effective manipulatives, pictorial representations, and abstract algorithms. Two of the most important are number bonds and tape diagrams – also called bar models and strip diagrams. They are cornerstones of our curriculum.
In theory, teaching many models and using lots of different manipulatives can have benefits. In practice, however, it can also be confusing to young children and dilute teaching and learning time.
In creating TangMath.com, we stay true to our belief that simple is better and less is more. We limit the number of models and manipulatives we use, teach fewer strategies and algorithms, and apply each one more generally. That’s algebraic thinking.
Digital materials. Our site has been called “miraculous” when it comes to modeling problems visually, intuitively, and at 3 levels of abstraction. All by clicking your mouse. But we don't stop there. We take teaching and learning to an even higher level by making practice as important as learning. Practice is what makes people great at anything. Not just a little practice. A lot of practice.
Our website’s powerful print engine generates incredible, self-scaffolding practice materials – complete with ten frames, number bonds, area models, number lines, tape diagrams, and more. You can choose concrete (C), pictorial (P), or abstract (A) representations, and provide an intuitive bridge from concrete to pictorial (CP) and from pictorial to abstract (PA). That’s 5 levels of abstraction and an unprecedented degree of personalization.
Need even more? Click “Solve 1” and a problem will be modeled and solved for you. It will be drawn clearly and completely – showing exactly the kind of thinking and reasoning we hope to see. Click “Solve All” and you will have an answer key with detailed diagrams and explicit equations for every problem. Need to upload files instead of print paper copies? Click “Print PDF” and you will make a forest somewhere very happy.
PD on demand. All the concepts, models, and problem types on our site have been chosen strategically and specifically. But what about the big picture? How do they all fit together? Would a 30 or 60-minute video that explains how each connects and progresses within and across grade levels be helpful? What if it were taught by a person who has taught more teachers and children in the past 20 years than anyone else, is a NY Times best-selling author, and is the creator of a math website that is used around the world and has over 100 million page views to date?
You are in luck because every school-wide subscription includes 20 hours of recorded PD by Greg Tang. He provides an overview of key concepts, models best practices for developing computational and problem-solving skills, and as an added bonus, models direct, whole class instruction – virtually. World-class PD at your fingertips that’s cear, concise, and coherent. Now that’s comprehensive.
Next step. With the world turned upside down, isn’t now the perfect time to simplify your approach to teaching math? Time to focus on key skills and strategies? Time to use visual models to ensure all kids can learn and enjoy math? Is it time to make virtual your reality?
For the first time, there is a technology that models mathematical thinking and clever reasoning. A technology that helps you refine your own skills, then teach entire lessons virtually from home or digitally at school. A technology that creates highly visual, self-scaffolding print materials, and provides digital PD for every grade level.
What’s the technology? It’s TangMath.com – available as a school-wide subscription for K-5 buildings. It’s idealistic. It’s eye opening. It’s iconic. Click to get started. Seeing is believing!