heu·ris·tic /hyʊˈrɪstɪk or, often, yʊ-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunci[hy*oo*–**ris**-tik or, often, y*oo*–]

–adjective

1. |
serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation. |

2. |
encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method. |

3. |
of, pertaining to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods. |

4. |
Computers, Mathematics. pertaining to a trial-and-error method of problem solving used when an algorithmic approach is impractical. |

Ashley’s school conducted a Maths workshop for parents today, so tt parents can help their kids with their Maths. Many times, I find it vy challenging to explain Maths to Ashley w/o getting complicated. Sometimes, this can be quite frustrated. Even asking her teacher to write down the working steps in her book did not help at all.

Vy glad tt the school gave us tis opportunity to update ourselves, and learn different methods of solving Primary level Maths w/o using Algebra & Equations (tt we were sooooo tempted to use). I learnt something today, for myself.

Last but not least, keep things simple … tis reminds me of Philips’ brand campaign, “sense and simplicity”. Yes, SIMPLICITY !!!

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Des’ school also organised such workshop when she was in P1 or 2. Missed it cos was busy at that time. I went through the hard way by reading up her textbook and used the same model approach to teach, even now ratio/fraction oso taught using model. But my that lao gong juz can’t do that lor, so got excuse not to teach her maths.

They don’t oni teach models, they covered quite a few methods to do a sum. Hence, for parents with kids gg to P1/P2, pls attend such a wkshp, it’s definitely gd for u to keep up with the way they teach kids.

any notes, can share?

Some strategies:

1) Guess and Check (ie Trial and Error)

2) Systematic Tool

3) Find a Pattern

4) Draw a Model/Diagram

5) Act It Out

6) Work Backwards

For kids, they need to practise and practise to gain the experiences to know which strategy to use.

One writer who writes vy good Maths assessment bk is Li Fanglan. U can find several of her publications in Popular.

Practice makes perfect!

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