Problem solving is at the heart of the Singapore Math® curriculum, with five key aspects of instruction supporting that goal, including attitude and metacognition. This program empowers students to develop critical-thinking skills, positive attitudes, and the confidence to persevere—setting the stage for achievement.
An emphasis on visualization and the purposeful unfolding of content help students develop true conceptual understanding.
Through a consistent learning path—student-focused instruction, guided learning, and independent practice with gradual release—students deepen understanding and tackle routine and non-routine problems.
Instruction adapts to meet the needs of individual learners through scaffolding and systematic sequencing of prompted content.
A concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression is embedded throughout instruction and teaches concepts with consistent models that are developed and extended from the early grades through middle school.
Math in Focus adapts instruction to the needs of individual learners through scaffolding with hands-on learning and visual models and support to optimize learning.
Visual models, including bar models, help students develop the ability to visualize mathematical situations, which is key to becoming a successful problem solver.
Hands-on activities and manipulatives engage students and let them experience concepts in a concrete way.
Online resources including Student eBooks, interactivities, and virtual manipulatives, give students easy access to tools that enhance learning.
With comprehensive and easy-to-use resources, Math in Focus provides everything teachers need to support students in developing foundational understanding. A consistent, clear teaching path fosters a focus on new content and encourages thinking.
Step-by-step planning and teaching support is provided within every lesson, along with embedded professional development.
Differentiation resources for struggling, on-level, and advanced learners as well as English learners are outlined in the Teacher’s Editions.
A range of formative and summative assessments offer the tools to measure students’ progress and assess true mastery, while identifying learning gaps and providing extra support.
Through the CPA learning progression and visualization, students experience math concepts concretely, with hands-on experiences that build true foundational understanding.
Activities that ask students to apply math concepts in different ways and create alternative solutions to a problem encourage critical and creative thinking.
Problem solving is embedded and central to all instruction and discussion in Math in Focus. Students learn to apply different strategies and are encouraged to consider the best strategies for routine and non-routine problems to build strong problem-solving skills.
The Singapore Math® framework acknowledges the role attitude plays in mathematics learning and supports students in approaching problem solving with interest and enthusiasm, building their confidence to persevere.