Teaching Primary School Mathematics update

Teaching Primary School MathematicsTPSM2

I recently noticed that the fabulous resource, Teaching Primary School Mathematics: A Resource Book has been updated for a second edition. The preface states that the second edition has been updated to:

be in line with the latest 2007 syllabus…The major difference in the 2007 syllabus at the primary school level is the introduction of the use of hand-held calculators at the Primary 5 and 6 levels.

Going page by page through the book, the only difference is in one sentence on page 26 regarding the use of calculators for Primary 5 and 6 levels now being encouraged by the CPDD (Curriculum Planning and Development Division) as opposed to being encouraged by the author.

If you are teaching the Singapore Math curriculum at your school, you should have a copy of this book. Having reviewed them both, I can now advise you, it doesn’t matter which edition.

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Pi Day Resources

Pi Day is rapidly approaching. This year it is on Saturday, March 14th –  but don’t miss out! Teachers can observe this “holiday” on Friday, March 13th instead.

Here are some great sites to help you celebrate with your students.

Official Pi Day Site

Pi, Pi  Mathematical Pi
Song and animation. Enjoy!

TeachPi.org
Source on the web for teachers who want to find or share ideas for Pi Day activities, learning, and entertainment.

WikiHow: How to Celebrate Pi Day.
Tips on making this day (celebrated on March 14 at 1:59pm) memorable to one and all.

The Joy of Pi
Web site includes links, facts and information about the book:  The Joy of Pi.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium’s 2009 Pi Day site
Plenty of Pi Day resources, including Pi-Ku:

A circumference
divide by diameter
irrational pi.
– Paul D

Ever wanted to see the Pi drop? Here’s your site. They will be celebrating on Friday, March 13th to accommodate students.
Contest entry deadline is March 20th. From the Goudreau Museum of Mathematics in Art and Science.
(Did you know such a place existed? Plan your next vacation in New Hyde Park, NY!)
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National Engineers Week

To celebrate National Engineers Week and promote innovative ways to teach math and science to children, Raytheon Companywill host a series of child-friendly, hands-on science and math demonstrations at Epcot(R) Theme Park. Raytheon also announced plans to launch “The Sum of All Thrills” at Epcot in fall, 2009:

The exhibit, set to open fall 2009, will engage children through a fun, entertaining and informative experience that helps instill a lifelong passion for math, science and technology.

Raytheon sponsors the MathMovesU online program aimed at stimulating middle schooler’s interest in math and science.

Introduce a girl to engineering day. Info on this part of National Engineers Week.

Don’t miss Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. on February 21st, 2009.

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The First Post

There has to be a first one, right? I’ve added a blog to my Singapore Math pages to provide ongoing information about Singapore Math, elementary mathematics, news and anything I find interesting and math-y. You can expect that it will focus on elementary level mathematics and lesson ideas.  Anything within than realm goes!

Look around.

Enjoy.

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