Mr Ammiel Wan is the creator of the Conceptual Approach which is implemented at almost all primary schools today. With more than 20 years of experience in training HODs and teachers in more than 80 schools, he has helped many teachers develop and customise his approach. This has in turn helped many pupils in different schools with various abilities, ranging from the gifted to pupils with learning needs. His two key strategies, Parallel Questioning and Read Write strategy have not only transformed the way Mathematics is taught, but also the way pupils learn and make sense out of problem-solving. Besides the significant increase in distinctions across many schools, teachers and HODs have recognised the role conceptual knowledge plays in problem solving.
Known as a very engaging speaker, he has conducted more than 100 workshops to-date for teachers and parents. He has published numerous research papers and presented in several International conferences, such as the 14th ICOT on the topic of ‘Thinking’ and ‘Problem Solving’.
During his 15 years in MOE, he has taught many pupils ranging from the Gifted Programme to pupils in the mainstream and foundation stream. He has held many positions such as the HOD Mathematics (Catholic High School), Dean of Curriculum studies (Catholic High School) as well as the Vice-Principal (Rosyth School). He has led the revamp of many schools' Mathematics curriculum (CHS, Northland Primary, SJI Jr etc) as a Mathematics consultant and specialist. He left MOE to join VisibleMATH Academy where he wrote the curriculum from P1 to Secondary 4. Today he is the Principal of Ammiel Wan Academy, a MOE-registered specialist Math school that runs specialised programmes for the GEP, PSLE, O level, IP/IB and JC H2 pupils.
During his time in MOE, he received numerous awards such as the ‘Fellow of the Academy of Singapore Teachers' and the MOE Postgraduate Overseas Scholarship. He has created and authored more than 50 resource books pertaining to his conceptual approach and sold more than a million copies. He was also featured in the Straits Times in 2009 and 2013 for his innovative and effective approach of teaching problem sums to teachers and pupils.