Instructional tools embedded in the eSM’s program consist of ten frames, number bonds, bar models and others. These powerful problem-solving strategies and visual tools help students see relationships, understand mathematical concepts and solve problems. Also, these scaffolding tools help learners activate prior knowledge in an appropriate context, emphasize metacognition and promote transfer of knowledge.
All new learning involves transfer, defined as the ability to apply previously learned material and strategies to new contexts. Modern research suggests that learners need to create coherent cognitive structures that make sense because students who are able to successfully organize and integrate information in ways that makes sense would also be able to transfer what they’ve learned. E Singapore Math provides students with such tools and strategies that enable them to transfer knowledge and become successful problem solvers in school and life.