Problem solving is at the heart of the Singapore Math® curriculum. Leveraging global best practices and research to create a unique approach based on powerful visual models, engaging hands-on activities, and a consistent K–8 pedagogical approach, this solution empowers students to develop the critical-thinking skills, positive attitudes, and confidence needed to set the stage for achievement.
An emphasis on metacognition, hands-on problem solving, and a powerful concrete-pictorial-abstract approach allows students to gain deeper conceptual understanding through hands-on manipulatives, diagrams and models, and abstract symbols.
The Engage-Learn-Try Focus Cycles in the latest Singapore Math® curriculum present a concept step by step so that students can easily grasp it. Each cycle focuses students’ attention on a different aspect of the concept to build a strong foundation and develop deep understanding.
Problem solving is central to learning. Students are guided in acquiring and applying concepts and skills to non-routine, open-ended, and real-world problems.
In the concrete stage, students use hands-on manipulatives to explore new concepts.
From there, students move to the pictorial stage to see these ideas represented by diagrams and discover how models help demonstrate the relationships between numbers.
Finally, students connect their concrete experiences and pictorial representations to abstract symbols, such as numbers.
Math in Focus scaffolds instruction to meet the needs of individual learners with hands-on learning and visual models that support and 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.
Digital resources including Student eBooks, Learn Videos, Mini-Games, 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 mathematical 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 and provided as printable resources online.
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.
For the first time in the history of Math in Focus, teachers and students have complete access to all K–8 components and resources on one unified learning system. Through Ed: Your Friend in Learning®, educators experience and enjoy a reliable, time-saving, and personalized Math in Focus experience.
Regain valuable student-teacher lesson time with Math in Focus's auto-scored digital assessments including Quick Check, Independent Practice, Chapter Review, and suggested grouping based on students' results.
An age-appropriate design provides an easy and engaging interface for students of all grade levels to access ebook content, take assessments, explore virtual manipulatives, and more.
Reporting & Data
Ongoing access to data and reporting provides a powerful look into student progress—based on HMH's Student Growth Measure powered by Math Inventory®, that shifts the focus from what student's don't know to what they're ready to learn.
Through the CPA approach 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 and build mastery.
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.
Ed: Your Friend in Learning gives teachers ongoing access to actionable data and reporting tools—providing a powerful look into student progress.