March 12, 2012: Singapore’s Innovative Mathematics Curriculum

Title:  Singapore’s Innovative Mathematics Curriculum

Date:  Monday, March 12, 2012

Location: Hyde 439D (this is a room change)

Time: 4:00-5:00PM (Pizza at 3:30PM in Hyde 349)

Speaker: Kevin Mahoney (Tenacre Country Day School)

Abstract: Singapore has led the world in mathematics achievement for almost two decades. “Singapore Math”, curriculum and teaching strategies from Singapore, is a hot topic in mathematics education, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. The Common Core Standards for Mathematics holds up Singapore’s curriculum as a model for American math programs.

Come find out how Singapore’s curriculum compares to that of a typical American program. Learn from a teacher who has implemented Singapore Math in his school. Pick up a valuable teaching technique for attacking word problems. Leave with a deeper understanding of some of the influences that will be shaping math curriculum in the United States for years to come.

Kevin Mahoney is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University and the Math Curriculum Coordinator for the Tenacre School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a national presenter on Singapore math and is currently pursuing academic research on the effects of Singapore’s Model Method as an instructional strategy.