Transition From Model to Algebra
- Basic computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
Algebra is the fundamental in the learning of Mathematics. In Singapore, students start learning formal algebra in primary 6. And relies on model drawing as one of the heuristics to solve word problem.
Model drawing is one of the most recognized features in the Singapore mathematics curriculum, which enable primary students (without access to the formal algebra) as a means to represent and solve algebraic word problems.
However, secondary-level Maths are heavily based on the use of algebraic equation. Many students have limited exposure until now and encounter a variety of challenges in adapting to formal algebra. This include the understanding of the letters used in formal algebra as well as translating text information into algebraic equations.
I will be sharing how the integration of Model with the Algebraic (relationship between the model method and algebraic method) to help the child to develop a strong foundation in algebraic manipulation. Though it is not the intention for students to rely on pictorial representation when doing algebra, model method serves as a good stating point for students to master algebraic manipulation meaningfully. Thus smoothly complete the transition from primary level to secondary level Maths.
Who this course is for:
- Parents with Primary & Secondary School child
- Mathematics Teachers & Tutors
I am a curriculum specialist and currently trains students in the application of various heuristics concepts, with special focus on students in their critical year – the PSLE year in Singapore. I also conducts heuristics workshops for parents and educators.
For over the years, I had observed how the transformed Singapore primary Maths syllabus stumped children, parents and, sometimes, even educators. How do you teach young children to accurately choose and sequentially apply different situational logic in solving non-routine problems? I resolved to simplify the learning and application of such skills. Through years of research and development, I had help to establish Maths Heuristics program and Mastering Heuristics Series.