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Yay, my RVHS student got A1* for his math

I didn’t know there is such a grade as A1*. Does it exist only in RVHS? Anyway, today my S3 Math student Ryan told me he obtained that grade for his Term 1 Math. He had been doing well so far this … Continue reading

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A good reminder for your exams ….

“Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.” – Master Yoda (in the Empire Strikes Back)   : )

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My P5 daughter topped her class in a recent science test.

She obtained 28 out of 30 marks. Of course immediately I asked her about the missing two marks (as though the 28 are not important, but hey, i’m Singaporean u know). Rahmah has formal science tuition once a week, taught by … Continue reading

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Effective learning occurs when …..

Constructivist views of learning stress the active role of the learner in building understanding. Many learning theories based on cognitive psychology propose that “effective learning occurs when individuals construct their own understandings.” (p.3) There are three kinds of constructivism: personal, … Continue reading

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Metacognition enhances learning

Various studies have revealed that metacognition helps to enrich students’ learning in different domains. For example, it has the potential to increase students’ capacities for independent learning (Ganz & Ganz, 1990). Research also shows that knowledge of metacognition, such as … Continue reading

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Metacognition and mathematical problem solving

Metacognition is a crucial element in problem-solving, which is itself a key component in mathematics learning. To monitor and regulate one’s cognitive processes in problem-solving, Polya (1945) describes a four-step method: first, one has to comprehend the problem by sub-dividing … Continue reading

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Metacognition – The ‘secret’ to learning and problem-solving …

You don’t have to be ‘good in English but bad in Math’, or ‘good in Science but lousy in History or Literature’, or ‘good in Chinese but lousy in English’. It doesn’t have to be a one-or-the-other kind of thing. … Continue reading

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Quotes – On the relationship between money and intelligence……

“You don’t have to be rich to be clever.” – Ikea. “You don’t have to be clever to be rich.” – Kishore (my student, 2011)

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Quote – On the importance of Asking Questions ….

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination … Continue reading

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