We develop children’s Higher Order Thinking skills through creative maths.
Let our children:
Be a Thinker. Be a Problem Solver.
As a parent who cares for the development of your child, you hope to see your little one is:
• enthusiastic and self-driven in learning and improving himself/herself;
• able to think and try to solve a problem when encountering one;
• patient in performing a task and does not give up easily.
All these positive traits are not acquired from textbooks but rather from an environment conducive to cultivating such attitude.
This is the ultimate goal of HOTS Maths: Thinking Training Programme―to sow the seeds of these commendable qualities so that they will grow and bear fruit in a child’s life.
Brawn vs Brain
The exponential growth of technology accelerates change. Today, many tasks and jobs performed by humans have been taken over by machines, robots, artificial intelligence, computer programmes, etc. In other words, our children will face stiff competition not in brute power but brainpower.
Since Independence, primary education in Malaysia has undergone several reforms:
- 1983: Kurikulum Baru Sekolah Rendah (KBSR)
- 1993: Kurikulum Bersepadu Sekolah Rendah (KBSR)
- 2003: KBSR (Revised)
- 2011: Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR)
- 2017: KSSR (Revised)
To progress and change with time, the Malaysian Education Ministry has revised the primary school syllabus to bring about reforms. Evolving from 3M (Membaca, Menulis and Mengira) in the past, the present primary school syllabus incorporates the 4th M, i.e. Menaakul (think logically). KSSR syllabus emphasizes the development of High Order Thinking. It requires teachers to incorporate it in their teaching in order to nurture students’ ability to analyze, create and evaluate.
In 2003, the Malaysian Education Ministry defined “High Order Thinking” as a student’s ability to apply acquired knowledge and skills to analyze and evaluate, make decision and create new ideas to solve a problem.
Educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, in Taxonomy of Educational Objectives: The Classification of Educational Goals (1956), identified 6 levels within the cognitive domain, i.e. Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation. This hierarchical classification is generally known as Bloom Taxonomy.
HOTs Maths: Thinking Training Programme
Opening & Strengthening Young Minds with Problem-solving Skills
HOTs Maths is developed by internationally renowned maths educationist Teoh Poh Yew. In line with the government’s Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) syllabus that promotes Kemahiran Berfikir Aras Tinggi (KBAT) or High Order Thinking Skills (HOTs), Teoh employed her 30 years of hands-on teaching experience to develop her own ‘Magic Maths’ to help young minds nurture their High Order Thinking Skills gradually.
To date, she has been invited to 16 countries to share her teaching philosophy and methods in various public forums and education seminars. She believe that High Order Thinking, once developed, can be applied to the learning of other subjects, and most importantly, in the daily life of our children.
The above video is a talk given by Teoh Poh Yew in TEDx: PetalingStreet. In 18 minutes, Teoh shared with the audience how education can incorporate High Order Thinking and Creativity.
HOTs Maths: NOT A Maths Tuition Class
Maths is not just about calculation
Maths, in conventional pedagogy, over emphasizes the speed of calculation and techniques to solve mathematical problems. Such approach has thus undermined the fun and core spirit of mathematics, i.e.:
- Identifying order and relation
- Raising question and finding solution
- Learning to think and infer logically
Maths is not just a subject about ‘right or wrong’, but rather a systematic training of the mind to think and analyze a question. It can be applied in everyday life when one faces a problem―to analyze and organize the relational factors and look at the problem from different angles and perspectives.
We believe that if children undergo such training, the thinking and analytical skills they acquire from learning mathematics will become a key success factor in their working life during adulthood.