Yeap Ban Har is Singapore Math’s Michael Jordan

[caption id="attachment_74737" align="aligncenter" width="576"] YeapBan Har’s Singapore Math revolutionizes the way Mathematics is taught in schools and gives students a more enjoyable learning experience.[/caption] Unlike Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Yeap Ban Har doesn’t stand 6 feet 6 inches tall. But like “His Airness,” Ban Har is considered royalty when it comes to Singapore Math. A much sought-after motivational speaker, Ban Har is a globetrotting educator whose campaign for Singapore Math has changed the face of mathematics worldwide. Educational surveys reveal that Singapore Math has been instrumental in achieving excellent results in mathematics for schools that have embraced this curriculum. “The quality of good teaching influences the quality of education a child receives, and beyond a teacher’s knowledge and ability is the support and professional development a teacher gets,” says Ban Har who is in a mission to spread the good news about Singapore Math and how learners would best benefit from it, particularly in the area of teacher training. Singapore Math has been heralded by many educational experts, and described as ‘miracle math’ effecting dramatic changes in the performance of many students in what many perceive to be a difficult subject. Up to now Singapore’s math curriculum is one of the most admired and used as peg by many schools abroad. “Most teachers do not have the training or experience required to deliver effective lessons that track and develop the pedagogical qualities of Singapore Math such as conceptual learning, strategic competence, and adaptive reasoning,” revealed Ban Har who has been to many countries in Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Africa to to address the learning needs of many institutions in mathematics. Ban Har’s exposure to many schools abroad which are using Singapore Math in their curriculum and those which are planning to adapt it has given the educator a broader perspective about how it can be implemented in different learning environments. The challenge, according to Ban Har, is to implement the curriculum seamlessly. So while it is impossible for him to physically guide all the schools and their teachers, he has developed a program that will help address their needs. Recently, Ban Har developed the Singapore Math Circles Program which aims to address gaps between lesson design and actual delivery, “whether or not they are using Singapore Math.” The program consists of lesson videos and worksheets to be used in classroom instruction or after-school enrichment of students in Grades 1 to 6. Not only will math students benefit from the program, but by watching the videos and reading Teacher Guides, math teachers will gain insights and strategies for teaching mathematics effectively. Transfer of learning is also easy because modules can be used to teach the students directly. For the Philippines, Ban Har is looking for 12 schools to implement the Singapore Math Circles Program for school year 2014-2015. “This is a great opportunity to learn strategies and develop new insights into why topics are taught in a certain way. Best of all, teachers will understand how curriculum and teaching method develop our children for the future,” says Ban Har. For interested parties, please email

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