Mathematics knowledge includes the study of topics such as quantity (number theory), structure (algebra), space (geometry) and change (analysis). Math offers learners a lens through which to distinctively view the world and empowers them with tools for meaningful participation in the society.
Students are able to discover ways to solve problems and develop new ways of thinking about the world around them – a skill that is essential to tackling the biggest challenges in our interconnected, global world.
The Shepherd School Secondary inculcates the following strategies that illustrates the integration of Mathematics and the 21st Century Skills.
Creativity and Innovation
- Students compare different ways of approaching traditional mathematical problems and find innovative solutions, using practical examples where appropriate.
- Students look for patterns that suggest creative shortcuts or simplifying frames of reference. They make generalizations from patterns they observe in repeated calculations.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Students look for a logical structure in addressing mathematical challenges. They are able to make complex choices and construct viable arguments to defend their choices.
- Students make sense of applied mathematical problems through analysis and synthesis of evidence, and persevere in solving problems.
Communication & Collaboration
- Students articulate mathematical thoughts and ideas using oral and written communication skills. Using abstract and quantitative reasoning with attention to precision, they construct viable arguments and analyze others’ reasoning. This skill is used to model problems of broad interest to society.
Communications and Technology (ICT) Literacy
- Students use technology to communicate mathematical insights by constructing appropriate graphical representations of functions and of data.
Leadership and Responsibility
- Students use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to leverage strengths of peers and solve mathematical problems important to their community.