Monday, November 18, 2013

BSc08 Reading 1 Poster Sharing - Polya's Model

The class was asked to make a poster to share with fellow educators. Some of the students made a poster to share their understanding about Polya's Model and the kind of questions suitable at each stage.

I encourage fellow educators to have a poster of Polya's Model - Let's Understand, Let's Plan, Let's Carry Out and Let's Look Back in our classrooms ...and make it suitable for the age group.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

MAT150 Developing Problem-Solving Skills Session 3 on 18/11/2013

Don't forget we meet this evening and tomorrow to discuss instructional strategies and also linking mathematics to other domains.

After these two days, the assigned reading is Chapter 4 - Planning in the Problem-Based Classroom.

Based on your reading, compile five photographs to remind colleagues in early childhood sector what is important in planning for exciting problem-solving lessons for young children. Please bring these five photographs (can be simply printed on your own printer) with annotation (limited to three sentences) for the next class meeting in December. You can use the guiding questions at the end of Chapter 4 to guide you.

An example will be shown here later.

Today we look at instructional strategies and assessment methods.

We solve Problem 31 - How Many Pieces?

Along the way we reviewed important bits about teaching beyond ten, choice of materials for shapes, and the language of measurements.

We also saw the creation of the English Language as a problem-solving process.

Problem 32 - How Many Coins in the Can?

We discussed some differentiated instruction strategies via a discussion on a lesson to compare length of paper strips.

Several challenging topics were brought up.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Development of Numeracy in Early Childhood Education

This course, customized by Marshall Cavendish Institute for Ministry of Education Singapore, reviewed the question - how children learn mathematical ideas.

Dr Yeap Ban Har's email is


Manipulative Materials

Classroom Warehouse Products website

EAI Education's website

The (clothes) number pegs etc are available in many neighbourhood stores and I saw some in Popular as well.

The 'eggs' are from a shop behind Ang Mo Kio Market (Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10) ... I will get the exact address on my next visit. Watch this space.

The giant playing cards are about $3 a pack from 'pasar malam' type stores.

The music videos are from Debbie and Friends

My favourites include Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Goldilocks. Actually I like all the Debbie and Friends videos!