6th Grade Students Experience Singapore Math
Many of the 6th graders at Athena Middle School are experiencing a new twist on mathematics: Math in Focus – A Singapore Math Approach. The math curriculum in Singapore has been recognized worldwide for its excellence in producing students high skilled in mathematics. Students in Singapore have ranked at the top of the world in mathematics on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) over multiple years. Because of this, Singapore Math has gained interest and popularity in the United States.
“Mathematics is an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a persons intellectual competence.” -Singapore Math
Students have been working with unifix cubes and the “bar model” to solve complex ratio and proportion problems. This strategy was particularly successful with 12:1:1 math classes and students with special needs. The idea is to go from concrete tasks to pictorial to abstract. Many math teachers tend to start with abstract, while Singapore suggests to start with concrete tasks. This is also a key concept of the Common Core Standards.
Well done 6th grade teachers, Mrs. Mayer, Mrs. Schreiber, Mr. Titus, and Mr. Smith for undertaking this challenge and engaging your students in different ways. These teachers have devoted many hours in planning and professional development to help their students to be successful and truly understand mathematics. Well done!
Posted on March 16, 2012, in Athena Middle Best Practices and tagged bar model, engagement, Math 6, Math in Focus, Mr. Smith, Mr. Titus, Mrs. Mayer, Mrs. Schreiber, Singapore Math, unifix cubes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.