Mathematical Modelling: A Collection of Classroom Tasks

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Mathematical Modelling: A Collection of Classroom Tasks

Author(s) Mathematics and Mathematics Education (MME) Academic Group of the NIE, Singapore

Consultant(s) -

ISBN 978-981-4370-04-2

Subject Mathematics

Series Professional Development

Level Professional Development

Mathematical Modelling: A Collection of Classroom Tasks presents 8 mathematical modelling tasks for primary and secondary levels as well as a recommended facilitation structure for group activities on the tasks.  The tasks and the facilitation structure have been pioneered with students during a Mathematical Modelling Outreach event organised by the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group at the National Institute of Education in June 2010.

The book hopes to serve as reference for teachers to implement modelling activities for their mathematics classrooms. Each task is structured such that the students are brought through the key stages of the modelling cycle. Teachers’ notes are also provided to help teachers scaffold the learning journeys for the students through critical questioning and thinking. The recommended task facilitation structure incorporates the core components of mathematical concepts, skills, processes, metacognition and attitude which are key areas of focus of the 2013 Singapore Mathematics syllabus. In addition, the facilitation structure also addresses the need to provide meaningful learning experiences for students, allowing in-depth discussions of mathematical ideas.

The tasks in the book offer rich mathematical opportunities embedded in real-world contexts. At the same time, they also serve as platforms for students to develop 21st Century competencies, thereby fostering mathematical literacy in this new age and era.

Task sheets (without teachers’ notes) for use with the book as well as photographs of sample students’ work from the Mathematical Modelling Outreach event in June 2010 can be downloaded from our Teacher’s Resource Center.


About the Author

Mathematics and Mathematics Education (MME) is an academic group of National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore – the national teacher training institute in Singapore.

MME is responsible for the preparation of mathematics teachers at all levels for schools in the Singapore Education System. MME has a staff of highly committed and dedicated academics from different backgrounds and experiences in mathematics and mathematics education, and strives to provide:

  • high quality professional preparation and development of mathematics teachers and mathematics educators at various levels;
  • relevant and interesting content courses in mathematics to support the professional training of teachers;
  • graduate programmes (MEd, MSc, PhD) with up-to-date courses in mathematics education, pure mathematics and applied mathematics.

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