Worcester State University
Singapore Math Implementation Project

 
Characteristics of Singapore Math
 
 
Greater Depth/Less Breadth:  More time is spent on each  topic. Fewer topics are covered in a year. Greater emphasis on mastery. 
 
Problem Solving Emphasis: Model drawing diagrams are used to promote understanding of word problems and provide a bridge to algebraic thinking.
 
More Multi-Step Problems: Problems often require the use of several concepts.
 
Mental Math: Techniques encourage understanding of mathematical properties and promote numerical fluency.
 
Absence of Clutter and Distraction: Presentation is clean and clear and uses simple, concise  explanations.
 
Coherent Development: Topics are introduced with simple examples and then incrementally developed until more difficult problems are addressed.
 
Teacher and Parent Friendly: Since mathematical content is clear, it is often easier for teachers to plan lessons. Parents can read the books and help children.
 
Review of concepts is not explicitly incorporated into the curriculum. Students are expected to have mastered a concept once it has been taught.
 
A high level of expectation is implicit in the curriculum.
 
Stress on Developing Conceptual Understanding: Students and teachers learn to focus on “why” not just “how.”
 
 
Related Links
  SingMathProject - More Information including presentations
  Professional Development and Teacher Training Opportunities
  Richard Bisk - Professor of Mathematics
  Parker/Balderidge Text Mathematics for Teachers
  Singapore Ministry Mathematics Syllabus
  Distributor of Textbooks & Materials - singaporemath.com
  National Research Panel - Executive Summary - On Evaluating Curricular Effectiveness
  School Administrator May 2003 Executive Perspective
  TIMSS Study
  Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2006
  A Tale of Two Countries & One School District
  University of Hawaii & Singapore on Algebra Curriculum
  Video - Show Elementary Classrooms, Place Value
  Video - Show Classrooms, Teaching Model Drawing
  Schoolplus - Enrichment Program
  Online Tutorial - Free Placement Tests
  Education Next Article Discusses Math Reform
  Hung-Hsi Wu Web Site
  NCTM Atlanta 2007
  Massachusetts Guidelines for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers
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