Here in the UK, we have a myriad of different
approaches in solving word problems in maths. In Singapore Maths,
students use a bar model to solve word problems. They take the
problem apart and then create a representation of it using simple
blocks. This then helps them understand the problem better and
creates a lot higher success rate in solving word problems.
Here’s an example:
15 toys to Robert and 14 toys to Tori. If Craig had 9 toys left,
how many toys did he have at first.
This is quite
a tricky problem for an 8 year old to understand so to simplify it,
we create a…
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