Category Archives: Mathematical Education

Why Before How: Singapore Math Computation Strategies

by Jana Hazekamp
Call Number: QA63 H429w 2011
Status: Checked out
From the Back Cover:

In this book, Jana Hazekamp introduces a wide variety of computation strategies, adapted from the acclaimed Singapore approach, that will bring students a real understanding of number relationships and the meaning behind the math.

You’ll appreciate Jana’s straightforward, experience-based approach to presenting strategies. The guided-conversation format is designed for quick reading, allowing you to easily understand each strategy and see one way you can introduce it to students. Jana’s question-and-answer style is particularly well suited to encouraging students to focus on the why and to build their own skills at using math terminology correctly and fluently.

These strategies can be used for whole-class instruction and also for small intervention groups. The book does not have to be read cover to cover; you can dip in as needed to find a strategy for scaffolding instruction for a student who’s struggling with a particular concept.