SMS Distinguished Visitor
Programme (DVP) 2017
Programme 
Distinguished Visitor
Programme (DVP) 

Audience 
General 

Description 
The Distinguished Visitor Programme was launched by the
Singapore Mathematical Society in 1998. Through the visit of a distinguished
mathematician/mathematics educator, who will interact with both
mathematicians/mathematics educators at the universities as well as teachers
and pupils at the schools here, the aim of the Programme is to expose as
large and diverse an audience as possible to the excitement and relevance of
mathematics, thereby enhance the awareness of mathematics in our society. 

Distinguished
Visitor 


Events 


Using Topology in Combinatorics Some of
the most resistant problems in combinatorics have
succumbed to an unexpected tool – fixed point theorems in algebraic topology.
In the talk I will survey some of those.
(No registration required) 

Secondary
Math Teachers’ Workshop 
Teaching quadratic equations –
a test case for some teaching principles Investigation,
or direct teaching? This question has
been tantalizing teachers over the last few decades. Each method has its
advantages and drawbacks. In this workshop I will demonstrate a third,
intermediate, way:
directed discovery. It is the teacher who leads the class,
constructing for them the precise order of the acquisition of concepts, but
does so by posing examples to be studied. A main principle in this approach
is: no example too simple. In this workshop we shall try to construct a
possible order of posing examples to the students, from which they will
construct knowledge on quadratic expressions and quadratic equations. Target Audience: Secondary
Mathematics Teachers 

Some Principles in the Teaching of Elementary Mathematics We shall discuss some basic principles,
both of elementary mathematics and of its teaching. There are deep things to
know about elementary mathematics, whose knowledge is a prerequisite for good
teaching. Some examples of such mathematical principles are the ubiquitous
role of the operation of forming a unit and the way from counting to “pure”
numbers. Several important teaching principles will also be discussed. 

Registration:

Please click on the following links to
register your attendance. ·
Secondary Math Teachers’
Workshop: MOE teachers register here,
nonMOE teachers please register via email 

Registration Fees: 
Free 

Coordinator: 
Dr Tang Wee Kee mailto:weekeetang@ntu.edu.sg 