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 By: zhengshirong (offline)  Saturday, April 05 2008 @ 11:43 PM CDT (Read 1602 times)
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 By: dearmano (offline)  Wednesday, April 09 2008 @ 09:10 PM CDT
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Yes. Heard from HPPS that if the student can use ALGEBRA to solvve the problems and there are no restrictions. Also if the student is familiar with ALGEBRA then he could easily solve the problems

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 By: anooravi (offline)  Monday, April 14 2008 @ 01:33 AM CDT
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Its true that one can use algebra in solving primary 5 and six problem sums. However if u have a close look at some of the problem sums especially the more challenging ones from Fractions and Ratio one may find that its not all that easy to form an algebraic equation in the first place.

My experience in teaching primary 6 maths shows that some sums are more easier by models than by using algebra. Marks are awarded to all those correct answers as long as the method is logical whether by equations or by models or by guess and check.

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 By: dolphin (offline)  Sunday, May 04 2008 @ 09:05 PM CDT
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Basic Algebra is taught in P6.They may not be deep enough to solve challenging problems.

Some parents may feel that Algebra can help to solve Pri sch Maths problems more easily and may be tempted to teach their children algebraic methods.Will this confuse their children and undo the good work of their school teachers who are teaching them Model Drawing and Problem Solving Heuristics?

Is it advisable to use Algebra as a problem solving tool in Pri Maths? Your take, please.

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 By: anooravi (offline)  Monday, May 05 2008 @ 09:49 AM CDT
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Model Drawing as I understand is the pictorial representation of a sum that helps pupils visualise what could otherwise be abstract concepts. I vote for model drawing than algebraic equations for primary level students. The primary 6 students are just taught to solve an equation with one variable, they are unable to frame an equation with 2 variables, leave alone solving them.

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