Magazine article Curriculum Review

Singapore Math = More Time Spent on Less Material

Magazine article Curriculum Review

Singapore Math = More Time Spent on Less Material

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The national math system of Singapore starts out slowly. So slowly, in fact, that Kindergarten teachers are expected to cover the numbers 1 and 2 for an entire week. "Talk about the number 1 for 45 minutes?" said Chris Covello, a Franklin Lakes, NJ teacher. "I was like, I don't know. But then I found you really could. Before, we had a lot of ground to cover, and now it's more open-ended and gets kids thinking" (New York Times, 9/30/10).

By fourth and fifth grades, students who have been taught using the Singapore style math program frequently outperform peers who have not. Teachers say this is because the program slows down the learning process early, giving students a good math base upon which they can build complex skills.

Students in Singapore frequently rank at or near the top of the international math exams. This may be because their mathematics program seems to address the fact that all students learn differently. …

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