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can singapore<br />mathematics<br />enhance student learning in the U.S.?<br />Opening Presentation<br />Selected Features...
Overview ofEducation System<br />Grades 1 – 6 (compulsory education)<br />Primary School Leaving Examination Grade 6<br />...
emphasis on<br />problem solving<br />Reference: Singapore Ministry of Education 2006<br />
Wellington Primary School<br />rationale<br />The rationale of teaching mathematics is that it is “a good vehicle for the ...
in the<br />national<br />test<br />emphasis on<br />problem solving<br />
A<br />B<br />F<br />E<br />D<br />C<br />Reference: Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board 2004-2008<br />
Mrs Hoon made some cookies to sell.  3/4 of them were chocolate cookies and the rest were almond cookies. After selling 21...
school programs<br />include<br />enrichment<br />for<br />all students<br />Wellington Primary School<br />
A lion weighs 135 kg. A cow weigh 87 kg more than the lion. An elephant weighs 139 more than the cow. How heavy is the ele...
complex problem solving<br />is expected of every student<br />In twice-a-year tests designed by the schools, problems suc...
parental<br />expectations<br />Seminar for Parents on Problem Solving<br />
system-wide intervention<br />Fuchun Primary School<br />Northlight School <br />
presence of<br />‘safety nets’<br />
Princess Elizabeth Primary School<br />learning support program<br />at entry point<br />
foundation mathematics<br />at halfway point<br />Princess Elizabeth Primary School<br />
teacher-initiated intervention<br />DaQiao Primary School <br />Princess Elizabeth Primary School <br />
teacher-initiated<br />intervention<br />TelokKurau Primary School<br />
Catholic High School (Primary) <br />emphasis on<br />concrete to<br />pictorial to abstract<br />representations<br />
mathz4kidz Learning Center, Malaysia<br />especially on<br />the model method<br />
teacher education<br />National Institute of Education <br />
teacher training<br />pre-service<br />National Institute of Education<br />
Princess Elizabeth Primary School, Singapore<br />professional development<br />in-service<br />HougangPrimary School, Sin...
teacher learning<br />from textbooks<br />
NCTM 2010 Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S. ??
NCTM 2010 Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S. ??
NCTM 2010 Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S. ??
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NCTM 2010 Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S. ??

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Yeap Ban Har gave an introduction to the topic Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S.? Other panelists included Dr Patsy Wang Iverson and Dr Richard Askey.

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NCTM 2010 Can Singapore Math Enhance Student Achievement in the U.S. ??

  1. 1. can singapore<br />mathematics<br />enhance student learning in the U.S.?<br />Opening Presentation<br />Selected Features of Singapore Mathematics<br />Yeap Ban Har, Ph.D.<br />National Institute of Education<br />Nanyang Technological University<br />Slides can be downloaded from www.mathz4kidz.com<br />
  2. 2. Overview ofEducation System<br />Grades 1 – 6 (compulsory education)<br />Primary School Leaving Examination Grade 6<br />Grade 7 – 10<br />General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Grade 10<br />Grade 11 – 12 or Polytechnic<br />General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Grade 12 or Diploma<br /> There are variations for advanced and struggling students.<br />
  3. 3. emphasis on<br />problem solving<br />Reference: Singapore Ministry of Education 2006<br />
  4. 4. Wellington Primary School<br />rationale<br />The rationale of teaching mathematics is that it is “a good vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence”.<br />
  5. 5. in the<br />national<br />test<br />emphasis on<br />problem solving<br />
  6. 6. A<br />B<br />F<br />E<br />D<br />C<br />Reference: Singapore Examinations & Assessment Board 2004-2008<br />
  7. 7.
  8. 8. Mrs Hoon made some cookies to sell. 3/4 of them were chocolate cookies and the rest were almond cookies. After selling 210 almond cookies and 5/6 of the chocolate cookies, she had 1/5 of the cookies left.<br />How many cookies did Mrs Hoon sell?<br />almond cookies<br />5/8<br />3/8<br />210<br />chocolate cookies<br />1/5<br />3/8 – 1/5 = 7/40 <br /> 210 <br />1/40  30<br />32/40  960<br />She sold 960 cookies.<br />
  9. 9. school programs<br />include<br />enrichment<br />for<br />all students<br />Wellington Primary School<br />
  10. 10. A lion weighs 135 kg. A cow weigh 87 kg more than the lion. An elephant weighs 139 more than the cow. How heavy is the elephant?<br />(Primary 2)<br />TelokKurau Primary School<br />
  11. 11. complex problem solving<br />is expected of every student<br />In twice-a-year tests designed by the schools, problems such as this one are given to challenge students. However, there is an expectation that every student makes significant effort to acquire the ability to solve such problems.<br />Raffles Girls’ Primary School<br />
  12. 12. parental<br />expectations<br />Seminar for Parents on Problem Solving<br />
  13. 13. system-wide intervention<br />Fuchun Primary School<br />Northlight School <br />
  14. 14. presence of<br />‘safety nets’<br />
  15. 15. Princess Elizabeth Primary School<br />learning support program<br />at entry point<br />
  16. 16. foundation mathematics<br />at halfway point<br />Princess Elizabeth Primary School<br />
  17. 17. teacher-initiated intervention<br />DaQiao Primary School <br />Princess Elizabeth Primary School <br />
  18. 18. teacher-initiated<br />intervention<br />TelokKurau Primary School<br />
  19. 19. Catholic High School (Primary) <br />emphasis on<br />concrete to<br />pictorial to abstract<br />representations<br />
  20. 20. mathz4kidz Learning Center, Malaysia<br />especially on<br />the model method<br />
  21. 21. teacher education<br />National Institute of Education <br />
  22. 22. teacher training<br />pre-service<br />National Institute of Education<br />
  23. 23. Princess Elizabeth Primary School, Singapore<br />professional development<br />in-service<br />HougangPrimary School, Singapore<br />
  24. 24. teacher learning<br />from textbooks<br />

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