Dear Parents –
At the Middle and High School Coffees this week we let the community know that we will be moving our mathematics curriculum in Grades 8-10 to integrated formats. That means that students will get a mix of algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics each year. This format results in better learning, more authentic applications of mathematics, higher achievement, and it is consistent with what we already do across the rest of our school, including in the IB Diploma Programme. Here are the slides from the MS Parent Coffee if you would like to review what was covered, and if you would like to see the other topics presents.
If you would like to learn more about our integrated approach to learning mathematics, please refer to this resource and also consider attending one of the upcoming presentations by Jennifer Whathall.
Title: “21st Century Mathematics: The Case for the Integrated Pathway”
Monday, March 11, 6:30 pm in MPR
Tuesday, March 12, 8:30 am in 1323A, Bank Area
Jennifer Chang-Wathall is an independent educational consultant, author and part-time instructor for the University of Hong Kong. With over 25 years experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York and Island School, Hong Kong.
Jennifer consulted for the IB on the new diploma mathematics courses for first teaching in 2019 to develop a concept-based mathematics curriculum model. She is currently working with a major publisher on student reference books for the new IB Mathematics courses. Her best selling book titled “Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools” was released in February 2016.
Hope you can join us!