Monday, November 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Singapore Math in Utrecht, The Netherlands

This is the presentation at the Education Summit (Onderwijssummit) in The Fabrique, Utrecht.

This is the examples used in the forum for schools that have started to use Rekenwonders in Hotel Postillon, Bunnick.

Singapore Math in Barrington, IL, USA

Parent Session 6:30-7:30 on 8 November 2012

Teacher Session 1
(coming soon)

Teacher Session 2
(coming soon)

Singapore Math in St Louis, MO, USA

The presentation slides for Experiencing Singapore Math in St. Louis.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Singapore Maths in London (Harris)

This is the short presentation made on 26 October 2012 at Harris Academy Bromley.

These are the slides used in the three workshops held at Harris Academy Falconwood in Kent on 27 October 2012.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Singapore Maths in London (Merton)

This presentation was made to teachers at Merton.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Singapore Maths in London (Wandsworth)

The presentation slides at Wandsworth:

This is the site which I recommended during the seminar - National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.
100 Chart at Allfarthing Primary School which hosted the seminar.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

T.E.A.C.H. Academy October Courses

We had three courses (which made up one module) over the weekend in Jakarta.

Teaching of Whole  Numbers

Teaching of Fractions
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Teaching of Algebra
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Sample Portfolio Task
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Singapore Maths in London

This is the presentation made to schools in there councils - Wandsworth, Merton and Lewisham Councils.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New Syllabus Mathematics Seminars in Jakarta

5 October 2012
The slides for the seminar on Assessment Strategies with a focus on Formative Assessment.

Look out for the examples created by workshop participants.

Resources - Past Year Examination Papers from Edexcel and other Examination Boards are good reference when writing test items.

6 October 2012

PISA2009 Report

TIMSS2007 Report

PISA Tasks

Monday, September 10, 2012

Example from Vietnam

The example from Vietnam is on the speed of tsunami waves. It looks at depth, velocity and wavelength.

This presentation brings together the essence of this meeting:
(1) including authentic situations (such as tsunami and earthquakes) in mathematics learning
(2) providing opportunities for mathematical modelling
(3) stimulating interest in the use of mathematics by various professions
(4) use of internet resources which includes information and tools (5)

In the long run, other people may add lower-grade versions or higher-grade versions of the same lesson. I found a fairly simple version on this topic - speed of tsunami.

That is the beauty of e-book - it is dynamic, at least it should be.

Example from The Philippines

The e-book can provide information that mathematics teachers may not be an expert in. In contextual learning, teachers may need more information on the science of earthquakes and tsunami. Materials like this may give mathematics teachers confidence in dealing with real situations outside mathematics.

One feature of the e-book is to provide teachers with frameworks to organize open class discussion.

On interesting addition is an applet that allows students to arrange the furniture in a room and experiment what happens during earthquakes of different magnitudes.

I found one applet on earthquake (in French). Another one on epicentre.

Example from Malaysia

The example shows is to test the conjecture that the higher the magnitude of an earthquake the higher the death toll.

The lesson structure includes

  • Materials for motivation and to provide context for learning - videos, newspaper and so on
  • Presentation of a situation
  • Students posing problems or select from a collection of problems
  • Students solve the problems using suitable statistical tools
  • Students make conjectures for further investigation
  • Further self-directed learning
One suggestion is to have the same tools in all chapters and students need to learn to decide the best tool to use.

Example from South Korea

The example from Korea suggests a balance between information provided and student-generated data.

How Fast is the Tsunami? is the example shared. 

The format suggested includes the following part
(1) Information to set scenario - this can be some visual texts or videos (for this topic, a video is suitable)
(2) Links to provide better understanding of keywords and concepts
(3) Links for scaffold - differentiated learning where students who need more help can seek scaffolds while more able students will proceed without these scaffolds
(4) Students can use the e-book as a journal where they can enter their responses and sent to the teacher or shared with their peers.

I like the feature for differentiated instruction. We can also provide links for advanced students to receive challenging problems to extend and deepen their learning.

Ronel also suggested embedding, say, Excel.

Example from Indonesia

The example from Indonesia provides students with data on Indonesian earthquake where information on year of earthquake, magnitude, death toll and place of earthquake. Students are asked to pose problems based on the data.

Two advantages of having an e-book like this is (1) provide data source (2) provide differentiated learning.

The internet is full of such data. One way is to let students explore but an e-book can provide a few good examples so that younger students are not overwhelmed by data, making the learning of the main content difficult.

The e-book should allow students to pose and their the problems they posed.

Example from Hong Kong

Hong Kong

The tasks is based on arrival time of P-waves and S-waves and using the information to determine how far one is from the epicentre and hypocentre. Information about epicentre and hypocentre.

This is suitable for secondary level when students are learning simultaneous equations, trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem as well as locus.

The e-textbook may embed geometry tools such as GSP to allow students to do geometric construction using technological tools and explore the general case.

Patsy Wang also suggested including videos / interviews of actual work done by professionals in determining epicentres of earthquakes. How geologists use trilateration and other techniques can show how mathematics is used by different professions - in this case by geologists.

Example from Chile


Learning about what to do during an earthquake which includes identifying the 'safe zone' in the school. The mathematical task includes different ways to calculate the area of the 'safety zone' and if it is sufficient for the number of students in the classes that the zone caters to.

The figure is an L-shaped figure.

This is suitable for primary level when students are learning area of composite figures (comprising of rectangles). 

e-textbook format allows
(1) teachers to pull out the template of the L-shaped figure and discuss the methods students use to calculate the area
(2) teachers and students to show the unit square grid to confirm that their calculation is correct by 'counting squares' method

Examples from APEC - Khon Kaen International Conference

The APEC Specialists are working on examples of mathematical tasks that incorporate the idea of emergency preparedness with a focus on tsunami and earthquake. Seven economies presented their examples. The final product is an e-book for teachers to use in class.

At least two criteria that can be used to prepare the e-book is (1) to provide authentic and context-based learning to stimulate interest in mathematics and science learning (2) to provide a technologically dynamic learning environment to prepare students for the technological world. This is based on the idea that mathematical and scientific as well as technological literacies are critical in the learning of students in the APEC economies. 


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Professional Development for Weston Public Schools, Weston Connecticut.

The presentations for the two-day professional development is available here as well as my Goggle Site.

This session was for the whole group.

These were the sessions for middle school teachers.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Singapore Math Institute in Singapore

Look out for another one designed for US teachers (to be held in Singapore), in collaboration with Worcester State University in 2013. Graduate credits are available for this learning journey.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines Tertiary Level International Convention

This plenary lecture hopes to add to the theme of the conference New Paradigms for Mathematics Education: Global Competitiveness. I discussed a pedagogy for teacher preparation based on teachers as learners and teachers as observers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Woodlands Primary School : Differentiated Instruction

This first set of slides introduces differentiated instruction.

The second set of slides includes examples brought up by teachers during the workshop.
(coming soon)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Seoul Foreign School

Documents related to the three-day course are at Ban Har's Goggle Site.

Presentation on 9 August 2012

Kindergarten Session with Peggy Foo 11 August 2012

Grade 1-2 Session with Peggy Foo 10 August 2012

Grade 3-4 Session with Peggy Foo 10 August 2012

Grade 5-8 Session with Yeap Ban Har 10 August 2012
The materials for both Grade 5-6 and Grade 7-8 sessions are combined.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Oak Lawn Advanced Institute

Course Materials on Goggle Site

Videos on Singapore Education (based on a visit to Singapore schools by an American educator), Singapore Teacher Education (on Singapore as an education reformer and performer) and Kindergarten Lesson on Dice Game. View more videos on Singapore Math taught in a learning centre in Malaysia by goggling mathz4kidz.

Visit our institute's Facebook for updates on Singapore Math institutes taught by Yeap Ban Har.

Presentation on Day 1

Presentation on Day 2 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Houston Advanced Institute

The presentation slides are available here. More materials available at T3 Project website and on BanHar's Goggle Site.

Day 1

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2nd Worcester State University Singapore Math Summer Institute

These are the slides used at Peggy Foo's classroom sessions. Yeap Ban Har's sessions are in an earlier blog entry. Richard Bisk's presentations are on his website. Videos shown by Josh Rosen is available Second Grade Mental Math

Whole Numbers Addition & Subtraction

Bar Models in Mathematics for Elementary Grades

Teaching Fractions using Visuals

Fundamental Concepts in Fractions

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Leadership & Learning Center National Mathematics Summer Institute at Bloomfield, Colorado

Video on Singapore Education   Video on Kindergarten Mathematics

Copies of the handouts are available.

Opening Keynote by Yeap Ban Har

Closing Lecture on Day 1 by Yeap Ban Har

Core Elective 1/2: Bar Model and Challenging Word Problems by Yeap Ban Har

NSMI Core Elective on Challenging Problems from Jimmy Keng

Closing Session on Day 2 - Balancing Higher-Order Thinking and Basic Skills (Video Study) 
by Yeap Ban Har

Balancing Higher-order Thinking and Basic Skills - Video Study from Jimmy Keng

Connecting Singapore Math to Common Core State Standards by Yeap Ban Har

There were also two Open Lessons with Grade 5/6 students (area) and with Grade 3/4 students (multiplication).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2nd Worcester State University Singapore Math Summer Institute

The materials used in the presentations I made at this institute are available here.
(1) three plenary lectures (2) classroom sessions (3) course materials
Click here for Dr Richard Bisk's presentations. Peggy Foo's presentations are in another entry on this blog.

Plenary Lecture 6

Plenary Lecture 4

Plenary Lecture 2

Classroom Session M13: Lesson Study on Bar Model

Classroom Session W8: Whole Numbers Multiplication and Division

Classroom Session on Remediation in Fractions

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

LINUS at Port Dickson, Malaysia 18 July 2012

I gave a half-day seminar to Malaysian teachers on a programme to help struggling kids in lower primary achieve basic numeracy and literacy. Similar seminars are held in four other Malaysian towns at the same time.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Singapore Math Beyond the Basics Institute (All Hawai'i)

This institute was on 20-21 June 2012 at Moanalua High School. It was for elementary teachers who had attended a basic course on Singapore Math.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

MCI Worchester State University Second Singapore Math Institute 25-27 July 2012

Have you sign up for this three-day institute in Worchester State University, near Boston. I am teaching this institute 25-27 July. For more information, see the website.

Teaching of Fractions (Hawai'i) 5-6 June 2012

Part 1 Part 2

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

AME-SMS Conference 2012

Keynote Lecture for Primary Parallel Lecture for Secondary

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Developing Mathematics Pedagogy Program

I designed and carried out a 2-day workshop program for a school to use their mission and vision statements to develop its mathematics pedagogy. This week I implemented the programme on a private school in the Philippines. The program includes the teachers and the school leaders. Keys Grade School's vision is unlocking a child's potential for excellence through an experiential program based on inquiry and social justice.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kindergarten Mathematics in Manila

Pre-Numeracy Number Bonds (coming soon) Addition and Subtraction (coming soon)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Jurong Calvary Kindergarten

Parents who are interested to attend a comprehensive course (24 hours) on coaching primary one and two children please contact . Visit for information on events for parents.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Session for Volunteer Tutors at Hope Centre

MCI offers longer programme for parents / tutors. Please contact Visit the institute's Facebook at

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Helping Children in PSLE Mathematics

This are the slides from the seminar at Red Swastika School and Civil Service College.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Coaching Children in Mathematics

I did one session with parents / tutors of Primary 3 / 4 children on geometry and area, perimeter. The class of 20 or so parents discussed how to help children learn to the point where core skills become habits. The two core skills discussed today are (1) reading word problems and (2) visualization.

Parents were introduced to the idea of CPA and using square tiles, tangrams and apps to develop visualization. Also the use of good questioning techniques.

We also discussed informal learning before structured learning and those before practice. It is pointless to practice if children have not learned what they are supposed to.

Finally we did one performance task.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

SINDA Teaching Whole Numbers Conceptually

This course for SINDA tutors is aprt of the 12-hour Teaching of Whole Numbers course.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Singapore Math Administrators Symposium at East Brunswick

Look out for MCI Worchester State University Second Singapore Math Institute in Worchester MA this summer - 27-27 July 2012. Yeap Ban Har and several other speakers will present at the institute. Contact for details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Singapore Math Administrators Symposium in Newark NJ

Look out for MCI Worchester State University Second Singapore Math Institute in Worchester MA this summer - 27-27 July 2012. Yeap Ban Har and several other speakers will present at the institute. Contact for details.

This presentation was made in Newark.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Singapoe Math Institute White Plains

This are the presentation slides for both days.

Look out for MCI Worchester State University Second Singapore Math Institute in Worchester MA this summer - 27-27 July 2012. Yeap Ban Har and several other speakers will present at the institute. Contact for details.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Singapore Math in Hawai'i

This course is in two parts. On the first day we focus on pre-fraction ideas i.e. ideas learnt in the early grades which are important in the learning of fraction as well as basic concept of fractions. We also examine fraction topics typically taught in lower primary levels i.e. grades one to three. On the second day we focus on topics taught in the upper primary levels such as division of fractions.

See photographs of the flipcharts at MCI's Facebook.

Both sets of slides are available here. A related question at another blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Early Numeracy @ Rotterdam ECM101

Visit our early numeracy blog.

The course is on-going. The materials will be uploaded after the course.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Singapore Math @ Vlissingen

In the lecture I discussed Jerome Bruner in relation to spiral curriculum and the concrete-pictorial-abstract apporach, also Zoltan Dienes on principles of variability and Richard Skemp on conceptual understanding.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Singapore Math in Holland : Mathematics Teaching for the 21st Century at Bunnik

This is a workshop conducted at Mathematics Teaching for the 21st Century Conference in Bunnik, a town in Holland.

This is the keynote lecture delivered at the same conference

Sunday, February 5, 2012