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Primary Math Education - Opinions

Updated: 5 November, 2007

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Summary of latest entries

Date Title
5 Nov 07 2007 PSLE Math paper - more solutions
Revised question 2 from the previous article "2007 PSLE Math paper - some solutions". Also added another 2 long-answer questions from the 2007 PSLE math paper.
23 Oct 07 2007 PSLE Math paper - some solutions
After the 2007 PSLE math paper, some parents complained that the paper was too tough. Three challenging questions from the PSLE test paper are shown here (with solutions).
22 Oct 07 How to solve math problems
How do you teach a child to solve math problems? We take pains to explain the solution but often misses something more important - how to derive the solution. A brief description of Polya's 4 phases of problem solving is given.
14 Jul 07 More than one way to solve math problems
Although pupils are taught several problem solving heuristics, they tend to use only one or two of the simplest heuristics and disregard the others. To broaden their mind, we should encourage them to be proficient in all the problem solving heuristics.
15 May 07 Calculators now allowed for Primary 5 and 6
From year 2009, calculators will be allowed in part of the PSLE math examination. I believe that the introduction of calculators will make Singapore Math tougher.
1 Mar 07 Challenging Math Problem - Number Sequence
Proposed solution to a challenging question where it is required to find the value of the 2001st number of a given number sequence.
8 Feb 07 More Math Practise = Better Math Grades?
It's often said that practise makes perfect. However, it's only with perfect practise that one can strive towards perfection. Incorrect practise may instead reinforce the child's errors or bad habits.

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