05 Nov '17, 12pm

There's probably more to Singapore Math than you think!

There's probably more to Singapore Math than you think!

Another piece of research that helped shaped math instruction in Singapore is Zoltan Dienes’ Six-Stage Theory of Learning Mathematics . Basically, Dienes states that Free Play, without formal vocabulary or rules, must be the first stage of all learning. He describes it as a “trial and error” activity. Think, for example, about the ten-frames anchor task I mentioned previously. Students might be asked to build 8 and 6 on two different ten-frames and then be asked, “I wonder how we could add 8 and 6?” This would be followed by a share-out of different solutions. At the conclusion of the anchor task, students would be asked to record three solutions that make sense to them in their math journals. I love how Yeap described an easy way to differentiate: “Boys and girls, we have just discussed and shown many different ways to add 8 and 6. Please record three ways that make the m...

Full article: http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/2014/07/what-is-singapore...

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