It was an exciting evening...returning to NIE after so many years! Today is my first lesson. Dr Yeap and Dr Ng were with us. We looked into the current initiatives in Mathematics Education.
Dr Yeap talked about the TSLN (Thinking School Learning Nation) initiative. He then gave us tangrams to play with. We made squares using 3 pieces, 4, etc all the way till using all 7 pieces to form a huge square. (lesson on area) The activities were non-threatening. We linked them to differentiated learning (enrichment & remediation) too. We discussed and shared information. We also revisited the Curriculum Framework. We looked into the different aspects of learning. The class also talked about "Why are we teaching Mathematics?" The rationale being : Intellectual Competence, everyday use and the affective aspects.
I look forward to meeting my friends in my group on Thursday afternoon again to discuss on the Group Assignment Dr Yeap has just given us. :-)