Britain has imported math teachers from high-scoring Shanghai to demonstrate teaching techniques, reports The Guardian....
McMullen spent two weeks observing at a Shanghai primary school in September. Math lessons are shorter there, but better, he says. “I saw better maths teaching in 35 minutes than I had ever done in an hour and ten minutes.”
In Shanghai every child of the same age is on the same page of the same text book at the same time.
. . . Children have mastered their jiujiu (times tables) back to front and inside out by the time they are eight. Classrooms are bare and text books are basic, minimal, “not that appealing” to look at, admits McMullen, but of exceptionally high quality and thoroughly researched.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Mastering Math Teaching
As this post shows, it's not "drill and kill" but "drill and skill":