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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Research-Based Pedagogical Strategies to Teach Pre-Schoolers Numeracy.

In this one-day course for preschool teachers, we explore research-based strategies for teaching numeracy to young children. We delve into pivotal research in early literacy, consider the neuroscience behind math learning, discuss big ideas in mathematics, explore learning trajectories, and highlight the Montessori approach. By combining these insights, educators can create engaging and effective numeracy experiences for their little learners.

Dates:4 Sep 2024 (Wed)
Time:9.00am – 5.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:ACC EduHub
51 Cuppage Rd, #03-03,
Singapore 229469
Speaker: Norman Kee Kiak Nam
Norman Kiak Nam Kee, an experienced educator, has a rich background in special education. He holds a Master of Technology (Knowledge Engineering) from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Education (Special Education) from Nanyang Technological University. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Science degree and several diplomas in education and technology. For over a decade, Mr. Kee has been a dedicated lecturer at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, where he contributes to the Psychology and Child & Human Development Academic Group. His expertise extends to special education, and he is Board Certified by the American Academy of Special Education Professionals in special education. As a father of three adult sons with autism, Mr. Kee has a personal connection to the field. Drawing from his research, publications, and insights, Mr. Kee shares practical strategies and evidence-based approaches with educators and caregivers. His teaching philosophy emphasizes pragmatism and feasibility, making it accessible to those working in pre-service, in-service, and educational institutions. Furthermore, Mr. Kee leverages his understanding of neuroscience and inclusive practices. His interventions focus on learning, behavioural support, and employment for individuals with special needs. His holistic approach ensures that both educators and caregivers can implement effective strategies to support their students and loved ones in developmentally appropriate ways, especially for special education and early childhood as the learning trajectories are similar.
Course Outline
  1. Pivotal Research in Early Literacy:
    • Mathematics is a symbolic language. Understanding foundational studies in early literacy is crucial. These studies inform current practices and guide educators in providing optimal learning opportunities for children.
  2. Neuroscience and Mathematics Learning:
    • Research suggests that understanding the neuroscience of safety, autism, dyslexia, and ADHD is essential for effective mathematics instruction. For instance:
    • Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience sensory challenges or insecurity which affects their learning readiness.
    • Children with ADHD may lack self-regulatory skills affecting their attention and learning potential
    • Teachers can benefit from this knowledge to tailor their approaches and support diverse learners.
  3. Big Ideas in Learning Mathematics:
    • Big ideas are central concepts that link various mathematical understandings into a coherent whole. They provide a framework for teaching and learning.
  4. Learning Trajectories for Early Childhood Mathematics:
    • Learning trajectories describe the developmental progression of children’s mathematical thinking. They guide teachers in understanding what children typically learn at different ages.
    • These trajectories help differentiate instruction and scaffold learning.
  5. Montessori Approach for Numeracy:
    • The Montessori method emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning. It encourages exploration, self-directed activities, and concrete materials.
    • In numeracy, Montessori materials like the knobbed cylinders, number beads, short number rods foster understanding of dimensions, quantity, and number bonds
Course Objectives

Learner will be able to :

  1. Use neuroscience of diverse children to develop or modify lessons for inclusion for the learning of numeracy.
  2. Harness pivotal research on literacy to infuse effective pedagogies for development of number sense and early numeracy.
  3. Be familiar with Big Ideas in Mathematics for focus in intent of learning objectives
  4. Use the learning trajectory for early childhood mathematics for developmentally appropriate levels of teaching numeracy.
  5. Understand some Montessori approach concepts for the teaching of numeracy.
Who Can Benefit?

Preschool educators

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
03 Jul 2024 300
Normal Till Full 350
Note: No lunch is provided. Only light refreshments for tea breaks.