Singapore is being mentioned around 4:54. Very nice video. The truth is that the classroom of today is still nearly the same as the classroom of 150 years ago. There needs to be a “Educational Revolution” parallel to that of the Industrial Revolution. Many children cannot fit into the single classroom model, leading to growth in diagnosis of behavioral “problems” such as ADHD in developed nations.
Americans who are tired of “Common Core” may want to check out Singapore Math for their kids, which is highly acclaimed in the educational realm.
It’s an Asian-style mathematics similar to Common Core that’s actually fun to do.
Confession time: I’m terrible at math. I don’t just mean like “struggled with calculus” bad, I mean like “had to watch YouTube videos to relearn long division in order to help my 4th grader with her homework” bad. I don’t know my times tables, except the easy ones. I can’t do fractions or percentages. I count on my fingers.
It’s sad and shameful, and I was determined that my children would not share my fate. So when my oldest daughter was 5, I bought the insanely expensive starter package from Right Start Math and set about teaching her how to do math the right way.
It did not go well, nor did it last long. I found even the very simple activities baffling because I couldn’t grasp the intention. It was like trying to teach my daughter a foreign language I didn’t know.
However, my abject failure to understand it did not diminish my enthusiasm for the Asian method of mathematics. One of the reasons I like Common Core math is because there are lots of similarities. If you’ve never been exposed to the wonder of Asian-style mathematics, allow me to remedy that for you:
Check out the video on the page, it is quite amazing. (Japanese method of multiplying with lines).
We have seen how to cut a cake using the mathematical way, but did you know Mathematics can also be used when choosing toilets?
Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 4: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
Build a foundation and focus on what matters most for math readiness with Common Core Math 4 Today: Daily Skill Practice for fourth grade. This 96-page comprehensive supplement contains standards-aligned reproducible activities designed to focus on critical math skills and concepts that meet the Common Core State Standards. Each page includes 16 problems to be completed during a four-day period. The exercises are arranged in a continuous spiral so that concepts are repeated weekly. An assessment for the fifth day is provided for evaluating students’ understanding of the math concepts practiced throughout the week. Also included are a Common Core State Standards alignment matrix and an answer key.