This past school year, we had a 40 minute inservice on Singapore Math as it relates to solving word problems through model drawing. I was intrigued. Solving word problems is one area where my students always seem to struggle. I found an online class through Piedmont Community College, and I'm about half way through it right now. I just have to tell you it is fabulous! I'm learning so much, it is at my own pace and convenience, and the instructor responds so quickly to questions and comments in the discussion area. The price was also very affordable, and I will be able to use these hours towards my professional development requirement next time my certification comes up for renewal. Usually, when my school offers inservices, it is the "same old same old" -- over and over -- ad naseum. After you have taught for a number of years, you really do get tired listening to the same thing over and over (I've been to a total of 27 mandatory trainings on centers and workstations, and more than that on guided reading -- and most of it was the same material.) It is exciting to learn something new that you can apply right away in your classroom. I just had to share.