The skills, concept, problem solving framework employed by our tutors is modelled closely to the Lev Vygotsky Scaffolding Technique suggested by Lev Vygotsky himself.
Scaffolding instruction as a teaching strategy originates from Lev Vygotsky’s concept of the zone of proximal development (ZPD). The zone of proximal development is the distance between what children can do by themselves and the next learning that they can be helped to achieve with competent assistance.
The scaffolding teaching strategy provides individualized support based on the learner’s ZPD. In scaffolding instruction, the teacher provides scaffolds or supports to facilitate the learner’s development. The scaffolds facilitate a student’s ability to build on prior knowledge and internalize new information. The activities provided in scaffolding instruction are just beyond the level of what the learner can do alone.
The teacher provides the scaffolds so that the learner can accomplish (with assistance) the tasks that he or she could otherwise not complete, thus helping the learner through the ZPD.
Students must first be equipped with the necessary skills required for the topic.
This is acquired through defining new terminology and providing worked examples to students in class.
The worked examples are then coupled with sufficient in-class work.
When deemed by the tutor as proficient in executing the required skill set, the teacher will move on to the next skill set until all the skills are fully completed.
Being simply equipped with skills is no longer good enough for the straining and extensive Mathematics syllabus in Singapore.
Students are constantly questioned on the reason behind the skills set they exhibit previously and why they could have done it that way.
Gone are the days where your child is learning meaningless Mathematics!
Equipped with strong skills set and concepts backing their knowledge, they are then ready to attempt the different types of problem sums associated with that topic.
Worked examples will show students how to approach and solve the question.
Relevant questions after the worked example will ensure that students understood what is being taught.
They will also receive personal attention upon any doubt they encounter while trying out the questions.
The different types of problem sums in the customized worksheets are so extensive that your child will not receive a shock in the examinations again because he/she has not seen the question before.
In fact, all the possible questions that could appear in the exams can be found in our worksheets!
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