Singapore students learn maths better with comics


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Reading comics is usually frowned upon in classrooms, but a team of professors has come up with a method that makes use of exactly that to teach mathematics.

The storytelling and comics approach has been tested on more than 100 Normal (Technical) students at three secondary schools this year and the National Institute of Education (NIE) team behind it hopes to introduce the method to more students.

Associate Professor Toh Tin Lam, deputy head of NIE’s mathematics and mathematics education academic group, said: “Usually, people think a good maths lesson is a lesson in which teachers can explain concepts well… but there’s more to it.

“It’s whether a teacher can engage students in mathematical discourse, excite the students using simple stories and make the…

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