With Singapore Math gaining fast popularity in Philippines due to recent shift in education requirement- K-12, many bigger schools and those in the major cities are quickly adopting the world’s best math program into their system. But why?
Difference between Traditional Math and Singapore Math
Traditional Math overemphasize on memorization, repetition, (or rote learning) or procedural whereby learning Math becomes tedious and children tend to function mechanically unquestioningly without concept understanding and critical thinking. While rote learning, speed and accuracy does has its merits, it is fast losing place in a fast paced technological world whereby calculations can be done with a computer.
Traditional math is also the predominant method of US-influenced mathematics education in the Philippines during the 20th century (1990-1999). It was meant for a period whereby mass production drove the economy and there was a huge demand for routine cognitive work and routine manual labor (factory workers and laborer) whereby critical thinking was less of a requirement. Now is the time whereby thinking skills is a coverted and neccesary skill for the future generation
Skills required for Tomorrow’s World
In Singapore Math, problem solving is the main focus, because it develops thinking skills and is an excellent vehicle to increase the the intelligence of a child. The skill of solving non-routine problems is extremely sought in the corporate world today, whereby critical problems are non-routine. Employers will not present problems to your child in laid out equations to solve but rather, open ended and real-word scenarios where they will need to find the solutions and answers by themselves through logical reasoning and critical thinking.
It is currently the 21st century and according to economists, there’s a shift in the jobs that emphasize expert thinking and complex communication – tasks that computers cannot do. But still, manual laborer, professionals and entrepreneur are all needed by the economy. Which do you want your child to be?
If we do not innovate the way we think and train our future generation, will our children be left behind in this rapidly globalizing world?
The big question as parents and educators like us, is what do we want for our children?
To be fast and accurate at calculation, memorization and repetition and only able to solve problems that have been taught, or to develop higher-order thinkings skills and become the next innovator, developer and leader of this country?
History of Singapore Math
In the 1980’s the Ministry of Education Singapore decided to change their textbooks. The present day mathematics textbook came from the series which was developed in the 1980’s, called Primary Mathematics. By 1992, based on international research it has been clear that Problem Solving must become the focus of school mathematics, as a result in 1992, the problem solving curriculum was introduced to primary 1 or grade 1 to all schools in Singapore. In 1997, as a country with very little natural resources Singapore took the next leap forward to develop a 21st century ready students with the Thinking Schools Learning Nation Initiative where all school subjects including mathematics are used as a basis for development of thinking.
Since TIMSS (Trend in International Mathematics and Science Study) began in 1995, Singapore consistently been a top-performing nation in the world. The tiny city-state has moved up from 5th position to take 3rd with per capita income (PPP) of $82,763, which is five times the average per capita income for an ordinary individual in the world.
The country topped the recent International Mathematics Contest in Singapore last 2016.
What is S.A.M?
Singapore Math was not, until the recent years, the way we used to teach Math in the Philippines. With the huge paradigm shift in the way topics are taught and how problems are approached, we know it is difficult for you as parents to coach your children on a method whereby you are not proficient with. However, this is where S.A.M provides the solution for you.
Founded in 2010 by Samuel Chia and Lau Chin Loong, S.A.M or Seriously Addictive Mathematics is a multi-awarded international Singapore Math enrichment program developed by experienced MOE teachers.
The only Singapore Math Program from Singapore
S.A.M is modelled after the world-renowned Singapore Math curriculum. S.A.M is not an adaptation or Philippine version, it’s 100% original from Singapore. There are other Singapore Math enrichment program in the country, but S.A.M is the most comprehensive and complete.
Focusing on only Math, S.A.M is the fastest-growing international brand with over 100 centers in 16 countries worldwide.
How does S.A.M help students?
- Math Made Fun & Easy
- CPA Approach
- Individual Based Learning
- Comfortable Starting Point
- Passionate & Encouraging Trainers
- Math for Real Life
- Foster Critical Thinking and Independent Learning
- Develop Problem Solving and Logical Reasoning
- Accelerated Program for Advanced Learners
21st Century Learning Competencies
More than just rote learning, drill and practice, S.A.M focus on developing 21st century and advance math skills:
Helping your child understand Math easily
Through the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach, SAM’s pedagogy paired with our award winning Singapore Math Based curriculum, we help your child understand difficult concepts easily through the use of everyday objects, breaking down difficult word problems to easily digest bite sized information.
SAM Certified Trainers by Singaporean Master Trainer
SAM is a program that provides genuine value to students. Our SAM Certified trainers have gone through nearly 100 hours of training by Singaporean master trainer and is provided on-going guidance through regular audits, you can be assured that the quality provided to your child is consistent and up to international standards.
S.A.M Philippines has more than 10 centers operating nationwide. To inquire on how to enroll your child you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0977-8239910 | 964 9759.