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# Innovative Pedagogical Practices

## Abstract

This chapter describes some innovative pedagogical practices in Singapore. It is divided into two main sections: pedagogies that engage the minds, and those that engage the hearts, of mathematics learners. Examples of such classroom practices include the Singapore Model Method to solve word problems in primary schools, the Singapore AlgeDisc™ to teach algebra in secondary schools, and guided-discovery learning. The main principle that underlies all these pedagogies that engage the minds of mathematics students is the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (C-P-A) approach. We also describe a theoretical framework on engaging the hearts of mathematics learners and the use of various strategies to make lessons interesting. Examples of such strategies include the use of mathematics songs and videos, television shows and movies, mathematics storybooks, drama, magic tricks, and mathematics puzzles and games. Some of these practices are not unique to Singapore but many local teachers are using them in their classrooms. Finally, this chapter also reviews limited local research on these pedagogical practices, and where there is no local research, we suggest some directions for future research.

## Keywords

Innovative pedagogical practices Engaging minds and hearts Model Method AlgeDisc^{TM}Guided-discovery learning Investigation

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