Most students just simply thinking about Math brings so many negative emotions like fear or lack of confidence that he or she is unwilling to even try. This harms their ability to perform.
S.A.M Singapore Math is here to build their confidence in Math.
When you were young and studying Math during your elementary and high school days, some of our teachers gave brownie points for the effort to solve a word problem even of the final answer is incorrect. We were so thankful for these teachers, remember? Not only because of the points during the exam but because we were taught how to try and persevere.
We want this kind of resilience to be taught to our children not just for Math but for life as well. Why wait for exams to test and hone your child when perseverance in problem solving can be exercised with Singapore Math every single time?
S.A.M helps kids get past the fear of being wrong and not even trying. Math will be made fun and easy to understand so that kids won’t fear math anymore. Kids having confidence in math will be made more possible if they are not afraid to be wrong the first time. Learning to work through the initial frustration is the first step to building problem-solving resilience in students.
Our S.A.M teachers take pride when their students do not need them anymore. This means they have been successful in developing the critical thinker in the students’ minds.
But did you know that teachers can have great influence on a student’s feelings toward Math? Even if the school teacher is enthusiastic about Math, you can supplement teaching with a “certified” Math teachers, just like our S.A.M teachers. They can provide personal attention that is hard to get at school. Our teachers can help students work on the math equations and word problems without feeling any pressure, thus improving the student’s self confidence.
A S.A.M teacher will never spoon-feed. She will give open-ended problems to hone critical thinking. These problems will encourage the student to struggle, which will likely lead them to a solution. Leading questions will be asked until the student will find the correct answer for himself. Should the student answer incorrectly, the teacher will still ask him why was his answer like so and because of this, the child will reevaluate his answer and think of the correct solution which results in critical thinking.
There are many ways on how to solve a problem. Although Math can be an exact science where a correct answer is definite, it is important for the child to understand “why” it is the correct answer, how to arrive at that and not just blindly accept that it is the right answer. This way, however the word problem is twisted, the child can answer confidently each and every time.