Seminar for Parents in Seoul

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Seminar for Parents in Seoul

  1. 1. Helping Children Learn Mathematics a seminar for parentsYeap Ban Har Marshall Cavendish Institute, Singaporeyeapbanhar@gmail.com Slides are available at www.banhar.blogspot.com
  2. 2.  Land  270 sq miles  700 sq km introduction  People  5.3 million  GDP per capita  1965 USD500  2011 USD50 000Junyuan Secondary School, Singapore in current USD
  3. 3. Mathematics is “an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence”. 1982 Ministry of Education Singapore 2006Introduction of Singapore mathematics textbooks as they are known today. 1992 Introduction of Problem- Solving Curriculum 1997 Thinking Schools Learning Nation
  4. 4. Singapore Math focuses onthe use of visuals and initialconcrete experiences. Theemphasis is not just knowinghow but also knowing why.
  5. 5. Escuela de Guetamala, ChileGreenville Elementary School, New York
  6. 6. Seely Place Elementary School, New York
  7. 7. Archipel Basisschool Tweemaster-Kameleon, The Netherlands
  8. 8. 3 6 2  2 4 8Archipel Basisschool Tweemaster-Kameleon, The Netherlands
  9. 9. Let the piece of paperrepresents a cake. 3 fourths  3 = 3 1 3  4 4
  10. 10. Let the piece of paperrepresents a cake. 3 fourths  2 = 3 6 3 2  2  4 8 8
  11. 11. Let the piece of paperrepresents a cake. 3 fourths  2 = 3 1 3 2   4 2 4
  12. 12. Let the piece of paperrepresents a cake. 3 fourths  2 = 3 1 3 3 2    4 2 4 8
  13. 13. Let the piece of paperrepresents a cake. 3 fourths  2 = 2 fourths  2 = 1 fourths  2 = 3 1 1 3 2    4 4 8 8
  14. 14. Archipel Basisschool Tweemaster-Kameleon, The Netherlands
  15. 15. 3A number is of a second number. 5The sum of the two numbers is 120. King Solomon Academy, London UK
  16. 16. 3A number is of a second number. 5The sum of the two numbers is 120. 120 8 units = 120 80 40 1 units = 120  8 1 units = 15 The smaller number is 3 x 15 = 45. The larger number is 5 x 15 = 75.
  17. 17. Box B contains twice as manybooks as Box A. Box Ccontains 20 more books thanBox A. Together, the threeboxes contain 116 books. Edgewood Elementary School, New York
  18. 18. Box B contains twice as manybooks as Box A. Box Ccontains 20 more books thanBox A. Together, the threeboxes contain 116 books.Box C 20 116Box ABox B
  19. 19. Box B contains twice as manybooks as Box A. Box Ccontains 20 more books thanBox A. Together, the threeboxes contain 116 books.Box C 24 20 116 – 20 = 116 – 16 – 4 = 96 4 units = 96 4 units = 80 + 16Box A 24 1 units = 96  4 =Box B 24 24 Box A ….
  20. 20. Seely Place Elementary School, New York
  21. 21. Singapore Math focuses onnumber bonds and mentalstrategies.
  22. 22. Singapore Math allows average learners performat a high level. The following are some data fromsome international research on math achievementand attitude. Many of the students also enjoylearning.Greenridge Primary School, Singapore
  23. 23. All major international tests (literacy, science and mathematics) between 1964 and2003 were placed on a common scale. Selected countries shown in the table. Score 1960-1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 500 Japan Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Japan Japan Japan Korea Korea Korea Singapore Singapore 400 Thailand The Philippines Malaysia Malaysia Singapore Thailand Thailand Thailand 300 Indonesia Indonesia The Philippines The PhilippinesReference: E. Hanusek, D. Jamison, E. Jamison & L. Woessmann (2008)
  24. 24. mathematics
  25. 25. grade eight mathematics dislike math advanced like math average Singapore 611 48 32 23 South Korea 613 47 8 56 Taiwan 609 49 14 53 Hong Kong 586 34 19 37 Japan 570 27 9 53 International 500 3 26 31

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