Unique teach­ing method bears fruit

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR SPECIAL PARENTING -

N the re­cently con­cluded Kan­ga­roo Maths Com­pe­ti­tion, BrainBuilder stu­dents won many awards, in­clud­ing one Grand Prix Prize, 25 gold medals, 30 sil­ver medals and 30 bronze medals. Also, in the SASMO (Sin­ga­pore and Asian Schools Math Olympiads) 2014, its stu­dents won 30 gold medals, 21 sil­ver medals and 10 bronze medals.

BrainBuilder’s teach­ing meth­ods are based on unique mod­ules de­vel­oped by Dr Fong Ho Kheong over the last 30 years. These meth­ods have suc­cess­fully con­trib­uted to Sin­ga­pore’s top rank­ing in in­ter­na­tional as­sess­ments such as the PISA (Pro­gram for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment) and TIMSS (Trends in In­ter­na­tional Math­e­mat­ics and Sci­ence Study), since 1995. To­day, over 80% of Sin­ga­pore pri­mary schools use Dr Fong’s text­books.

Dr Fong’s meth­ods are based on the CPA and Prob­lem Sums ap­proach. CPA de­picts the stages of growth for chil­dren from con­crete to pic­to­rial to ab­stract lev­els, and prob­lem sums fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cal think­ing, en­quiry think­ing and prob­lem­solv­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Fol­low­ing favourable re­sponses in the Klang Val­ley, additional ICASMaths in­ten­sive cour­ses will be held in Pe­nang, Kedah and Malacca.

To en­able more stu­dents to be ex­posed to BrainBuilder’s teach­ing meth­ods, it has set up its lat­est cen­tres in Malacca and Bukit Mer­ta­jam.

In June, additional cen­tres will be open­ing in Sri Ram­pai, Se­ta­pak and Ta­man Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur.

For de­tails, visit www. BrainBuilder.com.my or call 03-5631 1235 (Klang Val­ley), 012-207 8316 (Pe­nang, Kedah and Malacca).

BrainBuilder stu­dents on the stage of Kan­ga­roo Math Com­pe­ti­tion 2013 Award Cer­e­mony with their in­struc­tors and Kan­ga­roo Math Com­pe­ti­tion Malaysia di­rec­tor Suhaimi Ramly (fourth from left in sec­ond row).

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