Saturday, October 2, 2010

NY Times: Singapore match adopted in more U.S. schools

This from the NY Times:
By the time they get to kindergarten, children in this well-to-do suburb already know their numbers, so their teachers worried that a new math program was too easy when it covered just 1 and 2 — for a whole week.

“Talk about the number 1 for 45 minutes?” said Chris Covello, who teaches 16 students ages 5 and 6. “I was like, I don’t know. But then I found you really could. Before, we had a lot of ground to cover, and now it’s more open-ended and gets kids thinking.”

The slower pace is a cornerstone of the district’s new approach to teaching math, which is based on the national math system of Singapore and aims to emulate that country’s success by promoting a deeper understanding of numbers and math concepts. Students in Singapore have repeatedly ranked at or near the top on international math exams since the mid-1990s.
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3 comments:

  1. Just another math fad.
    Teach the children in ways that engage them, and they will learn math well.

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  2. Singapore match? Match? Really?

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  3. It's just a typo. Is it really that big of a deal? :-)

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