Saturday, February 11, 2012

Conceptual Mathematics in Singapore

The arrival of conceptual mathematics as an alternative teaching approach to procedural mathematics is now taking the world by storm. The so-called "Singapore mathematics method," which emphasizes concept mastery and model drawing ahead of procedures, is the foundation for this new approach to teaching mathematics. Math in Focus (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) exemplifies how the Singaporean conceptual approach can bring mathematics education to life in the post-modern classroom.
Math in Focus is the US edition of Singapore's top-ranking math program. It follows the same scope, sequence, and pedagogy as its Singapore edition, My Pals are Here!, but has been enhanced with the addition of a robust Teacher's Edition, differentiation components, and interactive technology.... Math in Focus is published by Marshall Cavendish Education Singapore, the premier publisher of textbooks in Singapore, and distributed in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Both programs follow the pedagogical framework developed by the Singapore Ministry of Education: emphasizing concept mastery, a concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract approach, metacognitive reasoning, and the use of model drawing to solve and justify problems.... Singapore math is more than isolated strategies and model-drawing techniques. It is a carefully sequenced curriculum that has led Singapore students to international success.... Math in Focus brings the authentic Singapore math pedagogy to US classrooms, and is aligned with Common Core State Standards. Math in Focus is the mastery program for world-class math instruction and results in the US.
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Singapore's Mathematics Framework [click to enlarge]

The emergence of robust enterprise analytics globally is both data and technologically driven, and will not be reversed. Our new analytics driven world will require conceptual agility that transcends procedural thinking from knowledge workers. Said another way, conceptual mathematics is more than a fad; conceptual mathematics and thinking are the future.

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