Teachers using the Maths — No Problem! textbooks will be familiar with the way that each lesson is divided into distinct parts, including an anchor task, guided practice and independent practice. This approach, which has been successfully tried and tested in Singapore, provides pupils with a consistent lesson format that he or she is familiar with, regardless of their year group or who is taking the class.
We asked series consultant Dr Yeap Ban Har to explain the features of a well-structured maths lesson, as well as his advice on assessing pupils in class and differentiating a task for advanced learners. We hope you enjoy these short videos and find them useful.
An Introduction to the Three-Part Lesson Structure
For those of you who are new to our textbooks, Dr Yeap talks us through the features of the three-part maths lesson format used in the series.
Assessing Pupils During your Lesson
The textbooks are designed to cater for the struggling learner while allowing the teacher to extend the task for more advanced pupils. Using the example 8 + 6, Dr Yeap explains how a teacher can assess each pupil’s understanding throughout the lesson to determine what kind of support they require.
Extending a Task for Advanced Learners
If during assessment you spot an advanced learner in your class, Dr Yeap Ban Har explains how teachers can differentiate a whole-class maths problem to provide additional challenge.