Adults Attempt PSLE Math Paper

PSLE is the national exam that 12-year-old students would take before leaving their primary school in Singapore.

It would determine which secondary school they can attend based on the results of 4 subjects – English, Math, Science and Mother Tongue.

In the videoclip below. some adults tried the PSLE Math paper and they really had a hard time solving the questions.

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P6 students would be expected to apply their Mathematical concepts into different types of situations.

It can be rather demanding when logic and concepts must come together.

Their visualisation skills had an important part to play especially for geometry.

We can see how much the adults struggled in the above videoclip with questions that were meant for 12-year-old kids in Singapore.

When learning is simply to prepare PSLE, it may take away the joy of learning.

When we focus on how much our children can love learning, they become lifelong learners.

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Start School Later For More Sleep

Nanyang Girls’ High is a popular school in Singapore for high achievers.

Almost all students would enter the school with flying colours with good PSLE results in Primary 6.

After working hard to get into the school, most students had to continue to work hard to enable themselves to continue to do well academically.

Professor Michael Chee suggested the school to start later as the students were obviously not having enough sleep.

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He shared that research results had shown that teens perform better when they get enough sleep.

This led to a major adjustment to the timetabling and other school activities.

Teachers and students had noticed the positive impact in learning and coping with school activities.

With the positive outcomes, there are more secondary schools and primary schools decided to start school later to enable proper rest for their students.

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Road Safety Animation

These series of animated short videoclips were created by a group of students from Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive and Digital Media in Singapore.

They created it for the Singapore Road Safety Council to raise the awareness of Primary School Students about the importance of road safety.

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There are three stories to share about different important safety concerns to follow to avoid accidents.

The first story shared about the importance of Kerb Drills to look left and right before crossing the road even if students are late for school.

The second story shared about the danger of blind spots.

The third story reminded students not to get distracted by gadgets like mobile phone while crossing the road.

This is indeed a wonderful project to educate younger kids about road safety.

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Huge Investment On Education

Faye Wong is a well-known actress and singer in Singapore.

In our local newspaper on 4 October 2019, it shared about her daughter being enrolled in the College Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland with school fee as high as S$138 000 (US$100 000) each year.
https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/faye-wongs-13-year-old-daughter-who-is-studying-in-switzerland-shows

Each year, many Singaporean parents would spend lots of money to stretch their children’s talents and potentials in enrichment programmes as well as aiming for popular schools.

The desire to groom their children to become great in future as well as not losing out to others is a strong desire in most Singaporean parents.

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The sad thing is many of these children may lose most of their childhood days to enrichment programmes.

They may not have many fun memories as children since their days are filled with enrichment programmes.

The Ministry of Education is making good effort in moving away on result-orientated curriculum to infuse the joy of learning in children.

It may take years for a culture change since most parents were told about the importance of good results since young so they may do the same for their own children.

The joy of learning would enable kids to enjoy learning even in their adulthood.

As educators, we would need to change the mindset of Singaporean parents.

Kids should not feel that they are forced to learn but they should learn because learning is fun and enjoyable to them.

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Extra Journey For Quality Education

Henry Alan had to wake up 3.30 a.m. daily to make his way to school in Singapore.

It was physically draining to travel daily from Malaysia to Singapore even for adults.

His parents with Henry had made the decision to ensure a better future for him.

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His parents had to come up with more than S$500 monthly for his school fee and transport to enable him to get their preferred education in Singapore.

They felt that Singapore qualifications would enable him to have better future opportunities.

While many Singaporean kids may grumble about waking up at 6.30 am for school, it was a worthwhile sacrifice for Henry to wake up at 3.30 a.m.

It was indeed an extra journey for Henry but we can see his joy of getting educated in Singapore.

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Digital Readiness In Singapore Students

There are many good initiatives by the Singapore government to ensure Singaporeans regardless of young or old would be ready for a digital future and embrace the benefits of what future technology can offer them.

By the end of 2020, upper primary school students would be offered coding classes to enable them early exposure to simple programming languages.

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There are many programmes to enable businesses to enhance their effectiveness through technology.

Singapore is definitely embarking on a digital transformation journey.

With such changes, teachers would also need to ensure they are constantly upgrading through professional development programmes to stay relevant in educating the next generation in a digital world.

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Develop Super Smart Babies In Singapore

Some Singaporean parents are willing to invest their time and money to develop their babies to become super smart.

Those babies in the videoclip were being trained to develop photographic memory in the first 1000 days of their lives.

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The future of kids is always a priority of most parents in Singapore due to the competitive market and the desire for a successful future for their kids.

Babies were trained to look at pictures quickly as well as listen to fast instructions.

The course was meant to develop the potential of babies in the early stage of their lives.

It would cost parents between S$40 to S$70 per hour depending on the classes they sign up for their babies.

By providing visual and auditory stimuli, parents hope that their babies would become super smart.

The stress for the need of good education starts from babies for most parents in Singapore.

When education is mainly for academic performance and achievement, parents may neglect the need for the joy of learning.

Most children learn best when they are having fun and it also creates precious childhood memories.

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Understand Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a Math learning disability that hinders one from comprehending or learning arithmetic even for simple calculations and easy Mathematical facts.

Ronit Bird, Dyscalculia Specialist, shared about the difficulties that children with dyscalculia faced.

She suggested some possible symptoms and indicators that parents can take note of and how parents can help their children at home in learning Math in the videoclip below.

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I have a student in my school who is diagnosed with dyscalculia. He is taking a modified Math curriculum in school for pupils who have difficulty in learning Math.

With the right attitude, his Math results had made good progress and he was able to do better than the other kids without dyscalculia.

Kids with dyscalculia can find Math more manageable when proper intervention is implemented early.

The first step is to understand the signs and symptoms of dyscalculia so that we can provide the necessary intervention early.

Below is a short videoclip about Niklas Goehle who is a boy with dyscalculia.

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There may be many other children like Niklas Goehle so we can make a difference in their lives by our awareness and the help that they desperately need.

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Singapore Education In Industry 4.0

Qi Siang shared about how Singapore Education System can adapt itself for Industry 4.0 with the Campus City Concept.

A more holistic and relevant education system through more flexibility and skill-based educational framework.

As a Year-4 undergraduate at Yale-NUS college, he had passion for policy and current affairs.

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One of the interesting facts that he shared was the free exchange of knowledge without fixed set of course but allow individual to have a wider choice of acquiring different skills and knowledge.

This vision of new education system can be the key for the need of diverse skills in the future market.

In secondary school level, students would have more customization of learning according to their learning ability and preference.

It looks like it may take a couple of years for the flexibility of learning to take place in Singapore but we can clearly see that it is in progress.

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Math Fun Fair At Singapore Science Centre

This was a fun Math exhibition at Singapore Science Centre.

One of the aims was to enable kids to see how Math was expressed everywhere in nature and technology even though they may not see it directly.

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Kids would learn about the different implications of Math and its direct effects.

As an educator, this is one nice example of how to make Math more than a subject but a life skill for their future.

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