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Singapore Math and Math Journal Writing

Out in Left Field posts a Math Problem of the Week comparing different curricula that schools use. Last week’s Riddles in 2nd Grade Investigations vs. Singapore Math and the ensuing comments brought up discussion on the value of writing in the mathematics classroom.  I picked up a book entitled: Journal Writing in the Mathematics Classroom (Primary) when I was in Singapore. It is written and published by professors at Singapore’s National Institute of Education.

Among the chapters listed:

Why use Journal Writing?

Journal writing reinforces the learning and provides pupils with opportunities to engage in reflection, question their own understanding, connect the abstract and the concrete, and apply the knowledge they have acquired to solve problems.

How to Carry Out Journal Writing?

This section starts with an this powerful statement about journal writing in the classroom:

Journal writing is a complex process that requires effort and patience.

The authors further suggest that these open-ended prompts encourage pupils to write about their opinions and feelings on mathematics. They have adapted and describe three types of general writing prompts:

1. Affective or Attitudinal (How do you feel?)

  • My best kept secret about math is …
  • If math could be a colour (shape, sound) it would be … because

2. Mathematical content (What is it about?)

  • How would you describe a …
  • What patterns do you notice in …

3. Process (Explain how!)

  • Find something that you learned today that is similar to something you already knew.
  • You know several ways to … Which method is you favourite? Why?

There is a list of 15 of each type of general writing prompt. The bulk of the book, however, focuses on specific writing prompts that are based on mathematical topics.

Possible Negative Aspects of Journal Writing

(Lessons learned the hard way when I was teaching!)

    a. The potential for the teacher to hurt pupil’s feelings.
    b. The loss of instructional time to teach syllabuses
    c. Tremendous increase in the marking load of the teacher.
    d. Emphasis on language proficiency

Scoring Rubrics and Student Examples

This section includes examples of two types of scoring rubrics: Analytic, which allows for separate evaluation of selected factors and Holistic, which can be used when teachers want to rate student responses more generally.

A Collection of Specific Writing Prompts

Finally, there are 55 specific writing prompts differentiated by grade level and topic. Topics include: Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percentage, Ratio, Rate, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Algebra. Some examples:

Topic: Whole Numbers
Level: Primary 2 – 6

Write a word problem and make a picture that goes with 4 x 3.

Topic: Decimals
Level: Primary 4 – 6

Find two decimal numbers between 0.2 and 0.3. How many decimal numbers are there between 0.2 and 0.3? Explain.


Singapore Tops TIMSS 2015!

The 2015 Trends in Math and Science Study (TIMSS) results were recently published. Students in fourth and eighth grades from more than 40 countries worldwide participated in the most recent test. This test marks a 20-year span of comparative mathematics and science achievement data collected and once again East Asian countries topped the charts.

What does the TIMSS test?

The TIMSS tests students’ math and science knowledge. For the sake of this post, we are going to focus on mathematics. Both content domains (Number, Geometry, and Data) and cognitive domains (Knowing, Applying and Reasoning) are tested every four years.  Student achievement is then compared to other participating countries.  Singapore’s students once again ranked number one in the world, marking the fifth time Singapore has scored highest on the TIMSS  since the country first participated in 1995.  Students in the United States trail students in Singapore by 79 points for fourth grade and 103 points for eighth grade.

TIMSS Results for Select Countries – Fourth Grade Mathematics

1995 2003 2007 2011 2015
Singapore 625 (1) 594 (1) 599 (2) 606 (1) 618 (1)
Hong Kong-SAR 587 (4) 575 (2) 607 (1) 602 (3) 615 (2)
Republic of Korea 611 (2) 605 (2) 608 (3)
Chinese Taipei 564 (4) 576 (3) 591 (4) 597 (4)
Japan 597 (3) 565 (3) 568 (4) 585 (5) 593 (5)
Russian Federation 532 (9) 544 (6) 542 (9) 564 (7)
England 513 (16) 531 (10) 541 (7) 542 (9) 546 (10)
United States 545 (11) 518 (12) 529 (11) 541 (11) 539 (14)
Average* 529 545 500 500 500

* International Average in 1995 and 2003, Scale Average since 2007

How challenging are the questions?

The questions on the TIMSS can be broken down into four levels, or benchmarks; Advanced, High, Intermediate and Low. The examples below are from fourth-grade problems.

A low-level question tests basic mathematical knowledge:

Percentage of students able to answer a low-level question: 99% Singapore, 98% U.S.


An intermediate level question tests the ability to apply basic mathematical knowledge in simple situations:

Percentage of students able to answer an intermediate level question: 93% Singapore, 79% U.S.


A high-level question tests the ability to apply mathematical knowledge and understanding to solve problems:

Percentage of students able to answer a high-level question: 80% Singapore, 47% U.S.


An advanced level question tests the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in a variety of relatively complex situation and to explain mathematical reasoning:

Percentage of students able to answer an advanced level question: 50% Singapore, 14% U.S.

To sum it up, students in the U.S. are really good at solving basic computation questions but struggle with applying their knowledge to solve problems in high and advanced level questions.

For more information about the TIMSS and a complete report, visit

How does Singapore do it?

In a nutshell, a Singapore Math curriculum focuses on deep conceptual understanding and problem-solving with an emphasis on the “why” over the “how” of math.  Concepts are introduced, practiced to mastery and immediately applied to solve both familiar and novel problems. Students are given ample time to grapple with problems to find multiple solutions which develops flexibility with numbers and logical thinking.

In contrast, traditional curricula in the U.S. has tended to focus on memorization and procedures. “Ours is not to reason why; just invert and multiply.”  Math has been taught as a series of steps to follow to tackle what appear to be unrelated concepts. Many concepts are taught per grade level with little time to practice and master before moving on to the next concept; often referred to as a spiraling curriculum. This limits deep mathematical understanding.

What can we do?

There’s still hope. There are a few curricula in the U.S. that follow the Singapore math approach to deepening mathematical understanding and problem-solving.  You can read more about Primary Mathematics and Math in Focus here.

If you are not in a position to change your curriculum, you can integrate some of the best strategies from Singapore into your current curriculum.  Take time to teach basic concepts to mastery, focus on developing number sense with mental math activities and help students to visualize word problems with bar modeling.

Each year more and more schools, school districts and home-schooling parents are making the switch, but just buying new textbooks is not enough. Professional development and teacher training is an often overlooked piece of the puzzle. (That’s where Math Champions comes in. For information on how we can help you use Singapore Mathematics,  please complete the form or send us an email.)

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Source: TIMSS 2015 International Results in Mathematics. Copyright © 2016 TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. All rights reserved.




Giving Thanks — Looking Back on 2014

TEXT (4)I’ve just returned from my tenth consecutive week of travel and welcome the arrival of Thanksgiving. A brief break from out-of-town training and coaching jobs affords the opportunity to once again take stock and reflect on the past year, both personally and professionally. (Past Giving Thanks posts are here: 2013, 2012 and 2011)

As I enter my eight year as a Singapore Math® trainer, consultant and coach, I continue to be amazed by the wonderful opportunities that continue to come my way.

I say this every year, but it continues to be true: I am so grateful to be able to champion elementary math education and GET PAID to spend time in classrooms with teachers and students.  I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has played a part in making the year so special.

2014 has been my busiest year ever. I’ve spent more than 30 weeks traveling across North American (and Germany for a week)Cassy Trip-it 2014 to work with schools and present seminars. I’ve been to Denver International Airport so much that Google recognizes it as my office. Don’t get me wrong: I love to travel, especially when the end result is helping teachers hone their skills to make students more competent and confident math learners.

Changing Role and 2014 Highlights

This year, more than half of the schools I visited were repeat and long-term clients where my role often was that of an instructional coach. I still love to present introductory workshops and lead implementation trainings (the Ah Ha! moments are truly priceless), but it’s been especially rewarding to spend time with teachers working at a deeper level.  At these schools, I’ve also hosted lots of parent education events, including hands-on bootcamps, to help ensure that Singaporean methods are reinforced at home. Best of all schools are achieving remarkable results (more on that to come).

There are many highlights from 2014, including:

  • Working with 28 school clients in 9 states and Germany, where I had the opportunity to work with teachers at the International School of Hamburg!
  • Acceptance of proposals to present at the 2015 Annual Conferences at Annual Conferences of both the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, for the second time!) and NCSM (for the first time). Lauri Susi of Conceptua Math is my co-presenter;
  • Presenting Singapore Math Workshops for the Bureau of Education of Research (for the sixth consecutive year!);
  • Presenting  at the Tennessee Conference on Singapore Math Strategies hosted by SDE.
  • Meeting my personal “continuing education” goals by attending:
    • Annual conferences of NCTM and NCSM (for the 6th consecutive year);
    • The National Charter Schools Conference (for the first time);
    • SDE’s National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies (for the second consecutive year); and
  • Earning A-list Preferred status on Southwest Airlines (didn’t I say I love to travel!).
Singapore Math Trainer Cassandra Turner at the International School in Hamburg

Cassy (2nd from L) with teachers and staff at the International School of Hamburg

2014 by the Numbers

Continents visited (I’ve now conducted trainings on four continents; c’mon South America and Asia…I’d love to visit there, too)
States visited to work with school clients
States visited to conduct Singapore Math seminars or trainings
Singapore Math presentations conducted for parents
Seminars presented for BER
Days working directly with teachers
of inquiries from teachers, administrators and parents with questions about Singapore Math curriculum responded to
103,448 and counting 
Miles flown 


Special Thanks

My sincere thanks to all the administrators, teachers and support staff I worked with in 2014. ( You know who you are!) I so appreciate your dedication to students and your trust and confidence in me!  A hearty thank you as well to my other long-time partners and supporters:

      • Singapore Math Inc.
      • Bureau of Education of Research (BER)
      • EAI Education
      • Staff Development for Educators (SDE)
One of my favorite evaluations from 2014

One of my favorite evaluations from 2014

Singapore Math Source

Now in its seventh year, continues to be an authoritative resource for those seeking information about the curriculum. This year, I completed a long-planned, thorough comparison of the two leading Singapore Math® curricula available in the US: Primary Mathematics and Math in Focus. (Quite a few of my school clients are using Math in Focus). I also updated my popular page on Singapore math iPad apps.


2014 has been personally gratifying as:

  • We celebrated our youngest son’s high school graduation. It’s hard to believe we have two students at Colorado State University. It’s not hard to believe one is a math major!
  • I once again reached my goal of reading 50 books in the year. As of this date, I am at 89!
  • I continue to serve on the Board of the Middle School Math Institute, a non-profit dedicated to helping students succeed at algebra.
  • I continue to serve on the District Accountability Committee for the Poudre School District.

Looking ahead

2015 promises to be just as busy and exciting. I’m really looking forward to:

  • Continuing to work with many schools that have retained me on a long-term basis;
  • Visiting teachers, administrators and parents at schools that hire me for the first time (believe it or not, my fall 2015 schedule is starting to fill up);
  • Presenting at the 2015 Annual Conferences of NCTM and NCSM in Boston (and hopefully other events);
  • Presenting BER workshops for a seventh consecutive year;
  • Sharing news about the successes some of the schools I work with are achieving — please let me know if you want to be a part of this series; and
  • Other opportunities that are, as yet, unknown. I can’t wait to see what is ahead!

Once again, my sincerest thanks to my clients, colleagues and partners for making 2014 such a wonderful year. If I may be of service at any time, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

As passionate as ever about Singapore Mathematics!





Looking for resources to supplement the Singapore Math® curriculum?

Singapore Math® Editions – at a GlanceWhich series should I buy? See all your options.

Assessments: Singapore Math Assessments Online for home-school use

Best Books to Support Singapore Math® in the Classroom: Supplemental books for students.

Best Books for Grown-Ups Wanting to Learn Singapore Math®: Title says it all, doesn’t it?

Favorite Printable Math Resources: From place value disks to ten-frames to game boards, find all the printable you need here.

Fun Math Practice Sites: These are the sites I use in my after-school Math Club…Sumdog, National Math Bee, interactive base-10 blocks, virtual manipulatives and more.

Handouts from Conferences and Trainings: Powerpoints, games and other materials from our trainings and seminars.

Job Placement Services: Find or list positions.

Math Wall Ideas: Show-off and share your great math walls!

Primary Math v. Math in Focus: Want to know the difference between the two Singapore-based Math curricula? This page will give you an introduction.

Singapore Math® iPad Apps: Reviews of apps that come up you search iTunes for “Singapore Math”

Singapore Math® Web Sites:  Sites from Singapore and around the world.






In the News

How “Singapore Maths” Teaching Has Impacted Teachers’ Confidence in the UK

12News Phoenix on Singapore Math

Could Singapore Math be the answer to America’s failing scores? – 2/14/2021

‘Catastrophic maths’ report advises ‘Singapore method’ – 2/13/2018, The Connexion French News and Views

How Singapore Math Improved Scores at a U.S. School – 1/3/18, Education Week

Arlington Heights School District 25 drops University of Chicago math instruction for Singapore model – 5/1/2017, Chicago Tribune

Singapore maths inspires UK educators: Study finds that British children made more progress in subject when teachers used Singapore-style methods – 4/4/2017, The Straits Times

How Singapore’s students rose to No. 1 – 12/25/2016, The Straits Times

Top maths teachers call for more funding for Singapore ‘mastery’ method – 12/13/16, The Telegraph

Test shows Singapore students move from regurgitating to critical thinking – 12/7/2016, the newpaper

Singapore – a winning combination? – 12/5/2016, BBC

Singapore Students Are Most STEM-Savvy In The World: What Does America Need To Improve On? – 12/2/2016, Parent Herald

Why Do Singapore Students Surpass the Rest of the World in Math and Science? – 12/1/2016, Education World

Singapore students top global achievement test in mathematics and science – 11/29/2016, The Straits Times

Revealed: World pupil rankings in science and maths – TIMSS results in full – 11/29/2016, The Telegraph

Math in Focus: Building a Solid Math Skills Foundation – 10/12/2016, ResponsiveEd blog

What Can Be Learned From Singapore’s Math Curriculum – 7/13/2016, Education World

Why Singapore’s kids are so good at maths: The city-state regularly tops global league tables. What’s the secret of its achievement? – 7/22/2016, The Financial Times

Singapore Math Is Popular Among Educators Worldwide. Why? – 6/16/2016, Asian Scientist Magazine

A new centre is teaching Singapore Math to children in Montreal – 4/29/2016, Daybreak Montreal Radio programme

Teachers learn new math teaching method – 8/27/2015, LocalNews  8

Singapore-style teaching helps solve problem of maths failure, says new research – 7/13/2015, The Independent

6 Reasons Why Singapore Math Might Just Be the Better Way –  7/11/2015, The Seventy Four

Singapore math teaching would work in Western schools, report says – 6/18/2015, CNBC

Singaporean teaching methods improve UK maths skills – 6/17/2015

East Asian teaching method leads to ‘small but welcome improvement’ in English pupils’ maths skills – 6/17/2015, University College London

Asia tops biggest global school rankings – 5/13/2015, BBC News

Singapore tops OECD’s global education ranking – 5/13/2015, TodayOnline

Singapore maths is travelling the world – 10/23/2014, The Straits-Times

Meeting explains new math techniques in Camdenton R-III – 10/1/2014, Lake News Online

School District 146 Adopts New Math Book Series – 9/29/2014, Chicago Tribune

Excellence in Canadian math education — by way of Singapore – 9/5/2014, National Post

North Cross School transitions to Singapore Math – 9/3/2014, The Roanoke Times

Singapore math forced teachers to learn new way to teach – 8/31/2014, Henderson Gleaner

District 38 puts new math program into effect– 6/5/2014, Chicago Tribune

A lesson learnt from Singapore – 4/15/2014, The Australian

Making math fun: Teacher of Singapore method visits Wilkes school – 2/19/2014, Wilkes Journal-Pilot

How Common Core standards are affecting elementary, middle school math classes – 12/2/2013, MLive

Hooksett dumps ‘Everyday Math’ – 5/8/2013, The Hooksett Banner

New Math Teaching Method Coming to Madison Schools – 4/18/2013, Madison Patch

‘Math in Focus’ at center of course, textbook change – 4/16/2013, The Ridgefield Press

New Math Program Proposed To Ridgefield School Board – 4/9/2013, Ridgefield Daily Voice

District adopting new math curriculum – 4/5/2013,

Goodbye Everyday Math, Hello Singapore? – 4/2/2013, Greenwich Patch

Hampton school officials, teachers gearing up for new math series – 3/14/2013, TribLive

Hampton schools to cancel day of classes for teacher development day – 2/20/2013, TribLive

Hampton Township School Board plans to adopt new elementary math program – 2/13/2013, TribLive

Barrington District 220 aims for international success in math – 2/7/2013, Barrington Courier-Review

RI school is trying new approach to old (math) problem  – 12/21/12, RINPR

Singapore kids rank among the best in math, science – 12/11/2012, Yahoo News

Madison School Board Ponders Singapore Math Model – 11/28/2012, The Alternative Press

New Farmingdale Math Program Moving Forward – 10/23/2012, Farmingdale Patch

My view: America’s students can benefit from Singapore math – 10/10/2012,

Singapore Math Comes to South Orange – Maplewood Schools – 10/9/2012, Maplewoord Patch

Kentwood schools new Math in Focus: Singapore Math curriculum adding up for students, teachers – 9/20/2012,

Martha’s Vineyard Schools rate highly on MCAS scores – 9/19/2012,

Singapore Math focuses on teaching concepts in steps – 9/14/2012, Savage Pacer

Teachers review Common Core math program – 9/12/2012, Upper Arlington News

Elementary, my dear – 9/7/2012, Elk River Star News

Barrington parents go back to school – 9/6/2012, Barrington Courier Review

Minnetonka: Charter school will spotlight Russian language, culture – 8/21/2012, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

DPS considers Singapore math pilot program for Y E Smith  – 8/14/2012, The Herald Sun

MasterCard Grant Helps Train Wentzville Math Teachers – 8/9/2012, WentzvillePatch

Ogden district invests in Singapore Math program – 6/2/2012, Standard Examiner

Gosnell board adopts new math curriculum – 5/18/2012, Blytheville Courier News

Evesham school officials tout new, improved math program for district students – 5/17/2012, South Jersey Local News

Math fun – 4/25/2012,

Somerset County teacher’s trip offers glimpse at Singapore’s math education methods – 4/8/2012, The Star-Ledger

Tri-Town School Committee picks new math curriculum – 3/28/2012, Wicked Local Topsfield

Local schools think differently about math – 3/23/2012, Montgomery News

Whitby school borrows ‘world-best’ teaching methods – 3/18/2012, Toronto Star

At Marymount of Santa Barbara, Math Is No Problem: Students excel with an engaging method that raises the bar on achievement – 3/15/2012, Santa Barbara Noozhawk

Bland Elementary using Singapore math –  3/13/2012, SWVA Today

Mansfield Township woman learns Singapore Math overseas – 3/12/2012, LeHigh Valley Live

What’s The Big Deal about Singapore Math? – 2/24/2012,

Math pioneer’s visit adds up for Hall teachers: Training session offers educators ‘aha moments’ – 2/22/2012, Gainsville Times

Principals Coley and Smith Teach Singapore Math – 2/20/2012, Bladen Lakes Primary School News

From Singapore to Montecito: Crane’s new math program revolutionizes how children learn -2/3/2012, Montecito Messenger

Winona Area Catholic Schools embraces Singapore math method to boost scores – 1/29/2012, Winona Daily News

Math, Singapore Style – 1/2012, San Diego Jewish Journal

Goodbye flashcards, Hello Singapore – 12/16/2011, New Haven Independent

Singapore Math: Ending the Spiral of Non-Mastery – 12/30/2012,

Saginaw Township elementary schools implement hands-on Singapore math program – 12/12/2011, The Saginaw News

Midlothian School adopts Singapore Math  – 12/8/2012, Southtown Star

Learning math Singapore style – 11/21/2012,

County schools utilize Singapore math program – 9/12/2011, The Paducah Sun

Schools take stock of new math program – 9/1/2011, Scarborough Leader

New curriculum, more technology at Legacy Christian Academy – 8/31/2011,

Grant Helps Wentzville Schools Continue Singapore Math Program – 8/24/2011, Wentzville Patch

Westtown School takes on Singapore Math – 7/14/2011, Daily Local News

D.C.’s Bruce-Monroe school faces challenges as it tries Singapore math method – 6/6/2011, The Washington Post

FOX Focus: Singapore math – 5/18/2011,

Harrisonburg Schools Look to Singapore for Help in Math- 5/17/2011,

New math program for Englewood’s elementary schools – 4/6/2011, Northern Valley Suburbanite

NEW MATH = HIGH SCORES: Singapore system working at Santa Catalina – 4/5/2011, The Monterey County Herald

More Fayette schools sign up for Singapore math program – 3/29/2011, Lexington Herald-Leader online

More Singapore Math Classes Likely In Lexington – 3/29/2011,

Math Program Seeing Amazing Results: “Singapore” Math Program Helping Students Succeed –  2/5/2011,

Math the Singapore way: Private Post Falls school hopes curriculum counters declining scores – 1/24/2011,

New formula helps to instill ‘numbers sense’ students: Brandywine School District has added Singapore math – 1/5/2011, Delaware Online

Singapore Math adds up for J.E. Cosgriff Memorial teachers and students – 12/9/2010, Intermountain Catholic News

Syndicated video of Dr. Scott Baldridge discussing Singapore Math on  – 6/23/2010, WHAM ABC 13 Rochester

Brandywine stretching $ with Race To The Top plans– 12/7/2010, WDEL 1150 News Talk Radio

Private school finds answers in Singapore method – 12/5/2010, The Augusta Chronicle

Singapore Math Explained To The Community – 11/18/2010, Times-Union Online
Singapore program helps students learn at deeper level – 11/9/2010,

Singapore Math parent night: New program implemented at Grand Canyon School -10/12/2010, Grand Canyon News

Tewksbury schools put ‘Math in Focus’ – 10/8/2010, Lowell Sun

A Slower Approach to Math – 10/1/2010, New York Times

Making Math Lesson as Easy as 1, Pause, 2, Pause – 9/30/2010, New York Times

Singapore Math Education – 9/2010,  San Diego Family

Schools, students adapting to new math curriculum – 9/6/2010, Journal & Courier Online

1st day at Sayles brings mix of old and new – 9/3/2010, Norwich Bulletin

What’s ripe for educational reform? Westtown School believes it’s mathematics instruction in the elementary grades – 8/30/2010, The Chester County Daily Local News

Singapore Math Adds Up for US Teachers – 8/10/2010, Voice of America News

Bell Central school pilots Singapore Math– 7/24/2010, The Middlesboro Daily News

Singapore Math adds up for St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach 7/23/2010, TCPalm

Henderson’s New Math – 7/21/2010, Fox 7 News

National Council on Teacher Quality and the National Math and Science Initiative recommend the Singapore Math Curriculum:

Tackling the STEM Crisis: Five steps your state can take to improve the quality and quantity of its K–12 math and science teachers

Christian school pushes for Singapore Math – 5/2/2010, Manila Bulletin

Can Innovation Thrive in Singapore? – 4/23/2010, The Borneo Post

Singapore Teaches the World How to Teach Math – 4/20/2010, PR Newswire (Press Release from Marshall Cavendish)

“Teach less, learn more.” Lessons From a Teacher’s Journey to  Singapore by Bill Jackson:

Singapore Math Demystified Series by Bill Jackson at The Daily Riff:

Beyond Singapore’s Mathematics Textbooks -Focused and Flexible Supports for Teaching and Learning – Winter 2009/2010, American Educator

The next great national export — Singapore math? – 2/19/2010, CNNGo Asia

The secret of Schmitz Park Elementary School is Singapore Math – 2/16/2010, Seattle Times

Schools look to Far East to add math skills – 2/2/2010, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Singapore math a success so far in Fayette Co. – 1/24/2010, Lexington Herald-Leader

Hall County School System – 11/30/2009, Hall County Magazine

Parents learn Singapore Math– 11/20/2009, Xavier School, Philippines

3 reasons why Singapore Math Curriculum is recommended by the NCTM – 11/19/2009,

Singapore Math’ is a world-beater – 11/17/2009, Bluegrass Policy Blog

Math progress adds up – 11/8/2009, The Gainesville Times

Some local schools look to Singapore to boost scores – 10/25/2009, The Tampa Tribune (via Tampa Bay Online)

New curriculum helping Georgia students’ math scores – 10/14/2009, The Gainesville Times

Singapore unveils measures to enhance professionalism of the teaching service – 9/18/2009, Transcript of a speech by Singapore’s Minister of Education

Teaching math, Singapore style – 9/6/2009, Delaware Online- The News Journal

Wentzville Singapore Math Students Excel on MAP Test – 9/2/2009, Wentzville Press Release

At Palmyra, morning hunger has broken – 8/29/2009, Lebanon Daily News

Granite launches innovative programs school – 8/24/2009, The Deseret News

Teacher explains award-winning method – 7/26/2009, 2theadvocate, New Orleans

Math texts offer new style of learning – 7/6/2009, Lexington Herald Examiner

Box clever: Singapore’s magic formula for maths success – 7/2/2009, The Independent, UK

9 x 8 = 72, or that’s what I thought… – 6/23/2009, Orlando Sentinal

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Brings Proven Singapore Mathematics Approach to the Second-Largest District in Kentucky – 6/22/2009, BusinessWire

Education under scrutiny: Poor scores on basic skills test cited – 6/6/2009, The Deseret News

Seattle Schools’ “Discovering Math” curriculum risks a generation of students – 5/29/2009 – The Seattle Times

New Chandler school to mix global teaching methods – 4/27/2009, Fox11 & The East Valley Tribune

Singapore Math – A Model Method? – 4/09/2009, Washington Post

An Inside Look at Singapore Math With American Eyes – March, 2009, The School Administrator

Math made fun: Singapore System comes to Utah school – 3/11/2009, The Deseret News

Singapore Math  heads to the Utah Senate – SB 159 was approved in committee and is headed for the Senate Floor.

Singapore Math bill gets the go-ahead – 2/6/2009, The Salt Lake Tribune

Parents look to improve math education on their own – 02/6/2009, The Frederick News Post

Singapore Math Makes a Difference – 12/9/2008, The Philadelphia Inquirer (Via Education In Japan)

Spartanburg Day School takes global approach to mathematics – 12/9/2008 Spartanburg

Wentzville School District parents are learning math the Singapore way – 12/3/2008, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Singapore Math in Wentvzille – Video: Teachers at Duello Elementary in Wentzville teach Singapore Math addition to first graders.- St. Louis Today

Chinese students pursuing U.S. education -11/16/2008, AP – MSNBC

St. Andrew’s Academy looks overseas for math inspiration 10/17/2008,  Kare11, Twin Cities

Bill proposes grants to schools that adopt Singapore Math – 10/16/2008, KCPW, Salt Lake City

Singapore Math gains support– 10/16/2008, The Deseret News

Scarsdale Looks to Singapore for New Math – Lower Hudson Journal News

New Way Of Teaching Math Comes From Singapore – 9/21/2008, WCCO TV

Students say goodbye to summer and hello to school: Las Virgenes undergoes changes – 8/28/2008, The Acorn

Lawmakers seek Singapore’s help on how to best teach math– 6/13/2008, The Salt Lake Tribune

Singapore may offer better math for Utahns– 6/13/2008, The Deseret News

Focus on learning math, not on the WASL test– 4/15/2008, The Columbian editorial, 4/23/2008, The Marysville Globe

Fox11News Report on Ramona School in Los Angeles– 4/7/2008

Elementary math lessons in Wentzville will change to Singapore method – 4/6/2008, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Panel Urges Schools to Emphasize Core Math Skills – 3/14/2008, The Washington Post

Calculating a new approach – 3/14/2008, Newsweek

NPR – Singapore Math in LA Schools– 3/13/2008

At L.A. school, Singapore math has added value – 3/9/2008, The Los Angeles Times

Independent school licks math puzzle – 2/28/2008, The Columbia Tribune

Visual learning adds up on state tests -2/9/2008, The Press of Atlantic City

ITBS scores hold or improve in Hall schools – 1/6/2008, The Gainesville Times

Teaching Math, Singapore Style – 9/18/2006, The New York Times

New Report Urges Return to Basics In Teaching Math Critics of ‘Fuzzy’ Methods Cheer Educators’ Findings; Drills Without Calculators Taking Cues From Singapore – 9/12/2006, Wall Street Journal

As Math Skills Slip, U.S. Schools Seek Answers From Asia – 12/13/2004


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