Singapore Mathematics Framework
Singapore Math’s research-based framework identifies the behaviors, skills, and knowledge that comprise holistic mathematics instruction and result in well-rounded, confident, and successful mathematicians. The components are highly interconnected- students with a deep toolbox of thinking skills and heuristics (Processes) are better able to persevere (Attitudes) through multiple attempts at a challenging problem. When students are communicating their thinking (Processes), they explain the material (Concepts) while also engaging in self-reflection of their strategy (Metacognition).
Our Five Success Criteria
Based on Singapore Math’s framework, we developed five success criteria to outline what these characteristics and behaviors look like in practice. These are written as “I can” statements in student-friendly language, allowing teachers and students to explicitly discuss what components they are practicing and why. Expand the tabs below to see the statements.
- Exercise a growth mindset
- Demonstrate content knowledge
- Be a flexible thinker
- Communicate thinking
- Show Leadership
Key Components of Singapore Math
What makes Singapore Math so special? In short, it is an evidence-based, holistic approach to teaching and learning mathematics. While many programs focus on short-term gains by rote memorization, Singapore develops deep understanding and creative problem-solving skills by ensuring students know why an algorithm works, not just how to use it.
Math Placement Policy
CHA offers grade level and one grade-level ahead math instruction. All students use the Dimensions textbook for class instruction, workbook for homework, and IXL for fluency practice.
We believe in developing deeper knowledge, not just moving faster. Teachers use an extension curriculum when students show mastery of the material being taught in class and are ready for deeper instruction and application of the concepts. Comprised of Singapore-based materials and additional high-quality, rigorous supplements, this curriculum focuses on application of concepts, problem-solving skills, multi-step problems, applied projects, and communicating thinking and strategies.
Note: In primary grades, reading is also considered, as the texts assume grade-level reading ability (e.g., a Kindergartener using a first-grade math text must be able to read at a first-grade level).
References and Addtional RESOURCES
What is the CPA Approach? (concrete- pictorial-abstract)
Jo Boaler - Showing examples of number sense
Jo Boaler - discusses creativity and how math practices are related
Image credits: Mathodology, Singapore Math, Lexington Singapore School, Singapore Math SA