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School district wants to adopt Singapore math teaching method

May 8, 2019

“Singapore Math” sounds exotic, but the term actually refers to a method of teaching elementary mathematics.

The Lake Havasu Unified School District wants to adopt the K-6 Singapore Math Program in an effort to build students’ mathematical fluency. The majority of LHUSD elementary teachers reportedly support Singapore Math as a possible resource. A district math curriculum committee has already reviewed the Singapore Math program.

The next step is to obtain a stamp of approval from the district’s governing board, perhaps as early as July.

In the meantime, Singapore Math material is on display at the district office (2200 Havasupai Blvd.) for 60 days, until July 1. Parents and community members are welcome to set up an appointment to access the materials at 928-505-6900.

Singapore Math has been taught in the country of Singapore since 1982. Students in that nation ranked the top in the world on the math portion of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. The teaching method has been used in the United States since 2000 with great success.

At the heart of the math framework from Singapore is problem-solving. Students are expected to apply higher-order math skills to logic-reasoning and challenging problem-solving. The curriculum focuses on problem solving with pictures and diagrams. In the classroom, students focus on fewer topics but in greater depth.

Additional information about Singapore Math may be found on the Singapore Math website at Singaporemath.com. For specifics about the textbook, “Dimensions,” visit Dimensionsmath.com.