AME Institute for Secondary School Teachers

Problems in Real-World Contexts: Principles of Design and Implementation

Dr Yeo Boon Wooi Joseph

In this workshop, the participants will learn how to design and implement Problems in Real-World Contexts (PRWC) for O-level and N(A)-level exams. They will be introduced to the Really MAD framework consisting of four design principles: Realistic Principle, Mathematical Principle, Activity Principle and Documentation Principle. In addition, they will be guided through some practical steps on how to incorporate the Really MAD framework in the design of the PRWC. Lastly, they will learn how to implement PRWC in the classroom and how to guide students to solve PRWC. Other issues that will be discussed in the workshop include: how to make the PRWC big or small enough for the national exams, what kind of real-world information should be provided in the PRWC, how open should the PRWC be, when and how to tweak the real-world information, and how to mark and evaluate students’ solutions. The participants will be given time in the workshop to craft, either individually or in groups, a PRWC, and to share how they have designed the PRWC during the last session.

Bio: YEO Boon Wooi Joseph is a lecturer in the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the first author of the New Syllabus Mathematics textbooks used in many secondary schools in Singapore, and he has extensive experience in designing activities for learning experiences and for problems in real-world contexts. His research interests are on innovative pedagogies that engage the minds and hearts of mathematics learners, which include the use of an inquiry approach to learning mathematics (e.g. guided-discovery learning and investigation), ICT, and motivation strategies to arouse students’ interest (e.g. catchy maths songs, amusing maths videos, witty comics, intriguing puzzles and games, and real-life examples and applications). He is also the Chairman of Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO) Advisory Council, and the creator of Cheryl’s birthday puzzle that went viral in 2015.

Day 1: 18 March 2019 (Monday) : 9am – 4pm
Day 2: 19 March 2019 (Tuesday) : 9am – 12pm (Total: 9 hours)

National Institute of Education (Singapore)

30 participants


non-AME member $170 Early bird rate: $150
AME member $150 Early bird rate: $130

Normal Registration: Please email AME secretariat at