Singapore’s Ministry of Education heavily believes in “research-proven pedagogical approaches that lead to lasting learning beyond the test,” says KQED NEWS.One of these pedagogical approaches is helping students obtain a growth mindset to ultimately help them persevere, especially when they are confronted with the difficult material associated with advanced math like Singapore students.
A growth mindset is the idea that intelligence is not a set of fixed traits but rather is something that can be developed and improved through hard work and education.
The support of this mindset is speculated to be one reason why Singapore students are continually able to succeed.
Singapore Math does something dramatically different when it comes to word problems,” says an administrator for Martin Elementary School explaining why the school has chosen to teach Singapore math.
“It relies on model drawing, which uses units to visually represent a word problem. Students learn to visualize what a word problem is saying so they can understand the meaning and thus how to solve the problem.”
Word problems are often where students struggle the most when being tested on difficult math concepts, but Singapore students routinely tackle them with ease.
This is because instead of focusing on the concrete meaning of the words within the problems, Singapore students turn the words into pictorial models that “transforms words into recognizable pictures for young minds.”
” …Singaporean students are exposed to higher‐level, multi‐step word problems than U.S. students, and proficiency in solving these complex problems is a key factor in why they have fared so well on international mathematics assessments,” said Bill Jackson, a math teacher in Scarsdale Public Schools in an article for THE DAILY LIFE.
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“Singapore’s model drawing approach helps children to get past the words by visualizing and illustrating word problems with simple diagrams. And as children become better and more confident problem solvers, they become more interested in mathematics.
Singapore students are encouraged to become successful at doing math in their heads.
“Mental math is one of the cornerstones of Singapore Math as its emphasis is on helping students to calculate mathematically in their heads, thus developing number sense and place value,” says THE SCHOOL ORGANIZATION.
This helps Singapore students not only get math questions right but get them right quickly without the interference of outside tools.
The study assessed Primary 4 and Secondary 2 pupils in 64 education systems. It found that students in Singapore had a strong mastery in both subjects, and were able to apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to solve problems.
Singapore students are the world’s best in mathematics and science, according to an international benchmarking study released on Tuesday (Nov 29).
Primary 4 and Secondary 2 students here topped both subjects in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which assessed pupils from 63 other education systems around the world.
Not only are Singapore students scoring well in those subjects, they also have more positive attitudes towards learning and are immersed in conducive learning environments, the survey found.
About 6,500 Primary 4 students and 6,100 Secondary 2 students – all randomly selected from across all schools in Singapore – took part in the latest study which has been conducted every four years since 1995.
At the Primary 4 level for instance, for mathematics, students here achieved the highest average score of 620. Hong Kong came in second with 615 followed by South Korea with 608. The same students got the highest average score of 590 for science, ahead of South Korea (585) and Japan (568).