“I really enjoyed all your personal experience. It wasn’t just from a textbook.”

- Adrienne Zessin, 3rd grade teacher

SMARTTraining was founded by classroom teachers with a combined total of over 30 years in the classroom. Their experiences teaching the Singapore Math® curriculum began in 2001. SMARTTrainers have actual experience teaching Singapore Math® at all grade levels, K-8. The phenomenal results of their students led to their desire to “spread the word.” They especially noted the need of teachers for professional development by classroom teachers who have taught the curriculum in the “real world.” Since 2005, SMARTTrainers have trained teachers throughout the United States, as well as in several other countries, in the utilization of Singapore Math®. SMARTTrainers also created the first approved training manual for teachers teaching Singapore Math® in the State of California.

In addition to being passionate about the importance of math in today’s world, members of SMARTTraining have traveled to Singapore, met with members of the Ministry of Education and curriculum authors at the National Institute of Education, and observed the curriculum in action in several Singapore primary and secondary schools.

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Is EngageNY Singapore Math?

EngageNY is based on the same practice standards and teaching progression of C-P-A, but written to exactly meet the content standards of the Common Core. Singapore Math® content in more rigorous than the EngageNY. It was written by teachers, many of whom taught Singapore Math. Bar Models are used extensively, but are called tape diagrams. SMARTTraining has teamed with 4 of the writer and authors of EngageNY and are available for on-site training.

What should schools do to try to ensure a successful implementation of Singapore methodology?

Teacher training and ongoing support are crucial to a successful implementation. The Singapore Math® methods are very different from what most American teachers have traditionally used. Bringing a professional on site who has had extensive experience in working with schools making the transition gives teachers the proper amount of support. Once SMARTTraining NOW has sent a professional trainer on site to your school, you are a member of our community. We provide on-going email support at no additional charge.

What do students do after 6th grade in this program?

  • Students have performed well in middle school, with many being able to go on to Algebra in seventh grade.
  • There are middle school math programs developed in Singapore that are available from SingaporeMath.com Inc.® and Math in Focus™.

We are moving to the new Common Core State Standards. How does Singapore Math relate?

Singapore was one of the programs looked to when developing the Common Core. There are Common Core versions available of both Primary Mathematics and Math in Focus™. The content is more rigorous than the Common Core Standards; the methodology is the same.

Why use Singapore as a model when other countries have high scores on the TIMSS also?

Finland has very strong scores, but the number of people in the US that speak Finnish is very small. Since the national language of Singapore is English, it didn’t take much to adapt the books for US students.

It is important to note that Singapore was in the lowest quartile in the international math exams in the 70’s. It was only when they made distinct changes that they started climbing the charts. This disproves the effect of an “Asian Math” gene.

What are the differences between the four textbook series?

  • Primary Mathematics US Edition – Written by the Singapore Ministry of Education. Brought to the US by SingaporeMath.com Inc.® for initial use in the home school community.
  • Primary Mathematics Standards Edition – Adapted from the US edition by Marshall Cavendish to meed the California State Standards. Tricia Salerno co-authored the first approved California state training manual for this edition.
  • Primary Mathematics Common Core Edition – Takes the content of the Primary Math Standards Edition and aligns it with the Common Core Content Standards.
  • Math in Focus™ – Known in Singapore as My Pals are Here! Is a collaboration between Houghton Mifflin and Marshall Cavendish to create their version of utilizing the concepts developed in Singapore.

How is the Singapore Method different from other curricula?

  • Each lesson is presented concretely, then pictorially, before the abstract representation is shown.
  • There is a greater emphasis on problem solving.
  • Fewer topics are taught in a year.
  • Topics are taught to Mastery – concepts are not re-taught, but rather are extended the following year.

What is Singapore Math?

The term Singapore Math refers to the country of Singapore’s systematic and consistent application of a synthesis of established learning theories. The work of Jerome Bruner holds a preeminent place in utilizing his 3 modes of representation: enactive, iconic and symbolic. Singapore educators have labeled this the CPA approach. Concrete -> Pictorial -> Abstract

There is no specific text series called Singapore Math. SingaporeMath.com Inc.®, located in Oregon, was the first company to bring the texts used in Singapore to the US.