How Do They Do It in Hungary?

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This Teachers TV video looks at Hungary which has a successful approach to teaching primary mathematics, with Hungarian students featuring highly in international rankings.

There are no national tests or league tables in Hungary. Their approach appears to be formal and traditional, but their lessons are lively and well planned. The key features of the Hungarian system are:

• Building solid mathematical foundations in the Early Years through manipulating objects
• An emphasis on mental mathematics with a comparatively late introduction of written methods
• Fast paced and interactive games with sophisticated visual aids in a whole class setting
• Lessons that build on student’s mathematical understanding
• Afternoon classes that reinforce concepts and allow students to consolidate their learning
• Extensive and rigorous mathematics education and supervision during the four year teacher training course.

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