Do you remember when we used to spend hours memorizing addition & multiplication tables while repeatedly answering pages and pages of worksheets? If you were lucky, then your memory would have improved and you were able to answer those math tests quickly with time to spare.
But now that we’re in the real world, and the Excel is a tap away, while a calculator is always handy right in your smartphone, the traditional rote memorization has become less relevant in today’s world. In today’s more complex world, the analytical process of problems solving, rather than procedural has become more important.
In the crucial formative years (4-12 years old) of children, the Seriously Addictive Mathematics (S.A.M.) Singapore math, focuses on getting children to enjoy math, while building strong confidence in their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Just imagine if all our children loved Mathematics! We could have been a country of Engineers, Analysts and even outstanding Economists!
S.A.M. uses CPA approach. What is CPA? and Why is it Important?
One of the key learning principals in Singapore Math is the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (C.P.A) approach. Based on research by Psychologist Jerome Bruner, it is suggested that for children to develop an understanding of a concept, it is necessary to go through three steps (or representations) through the CPA.
A student is first introduced to an idea or a skill by acting it out with real objects. In division, for example, this might be done by separating apples into groups of red ones and green ones or by sharing 12 biscuits amongst 6 children. This is a ‘hands on’ component using real objects and it is the foundation for conceptual understanding.
A student has sufficiently understood the hands-on experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem. In the case of a division exercise this could be the action of circling objects.
A student is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example: 12 ÷ 2 = 6 This is the ultimate mode, for it “is clearly the most mysterious of the three.” – As explained by Dr Yeap Ban Har, one of the world’s leading expert on the Singapore Method and teaching to mastery and part of the team which reviewed the Singapore Maths curriculum for the revised 2013 syllabus.
Children can be put through education systems with assistance with online computer games or programs, rote learning enrichment or tuition classes to partially grasp or even memorize the methods to score well for examinations. However, what many parents fail to realize is that these tools or enrichment, may only provide the pictorial approach.
To fully utilize the power of Singapore Math, a child should experience the entire CPA approach during learning of concepts including the concrete approach, which is the fundamental for conceptual understanding.
Learning Singapore Math with SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE MATHEMATICS
SERIOUSLY ADDICTIVE MATHEMATICS (S.A.M), was founded in 2010 and now has more than 100 centers worldwide. It sure has its own distinct way of getting students seriously addicted to Singapore math through the combined approach of its Classroom experience with Worksheet experience.
The Classroom Experience, conducted by Certified S.A.M Trainers, engages students with dialogue, probing questions, props, games and a healthy dose of encouragement. The idea is to make learning fun and memorable through an array of interactive experiences.
The Worksheet Experience is done with 300,000 worksheets with colorful narrative instructions and relevant examples created by SAM. All these are carefully calibrated and designed to create a step up difficulty method to foster confidence and independent learning in children. It also engages each student individually in their own designated time of 30 minutes a day for study at home, instilling self-discipline and independent learning, skills required in all manners of learning, not just Math.
Currently, S.A.M. Philippines has learning centers situated in San Juan, Marikina, Taguig, Cagayan De Oro and Cebu. Meanwhile, early of this year, S.A.M. will be opening soon the following centers: Davao, Mandaluyong and Zamboanga. Theses branches are giving away FREE Trial Class and more freebies to first few sign-ups . To register, please visit http://seriouslyaddictivemaths.com.ph/enrolment/center_locations/philippines/
S.A.M. gives us the cue that doing well in math is not just about memorizing time tables, rote learning, formulas, step by step solutions. Instead it is about understanding and recognizing different types of problems, applying heuristics and mental short cuts to efficiently discover the answers. The way of S.A.M. Singapore Math is taught, allows children to achieve a higher order of cognitive ability, which will benefit them through out their lifetime.
– After all, “real world problems are definitely more than just one plus one equals two!”. –