Math Department


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Math Tip 101: Taking and Using Notes

In many math classes, there are times when the teacher lectures. Sometimes
the teacher writes key words, examples, and explanations on a whiteboard
or a projector. Sometimes the teacher uses presentation software like
PowerPoint. The examples may be the same or different than the examples in the

As a student, you need to listen, understand, ask questions, and take notes. For
many learners, the very act of taking notes helps them retain the material. Notes
also are a record of what your instructor thinks is most important and a source of
help for doing homework.

When you are taking notes, you are writing, listening, and thinking about new
material at the same time. If you search the Internet for note taking in math, you will
find many different systems for organizing and using your notes. What you choose
to do depends on whether your teacher expects you to always take notes, how fast
you can write, how much you need to watch (not just listen) to learn, and how your
teacher presents the information. For most students, the system they use is not as
important as having a time as soon after class as possible in which they rewrite and
organize their notes, connecting the notes to the material in the textbook.

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Welcome Back Dragons!

Time, perhaps, is one of the most bittersweet sensations we have here in the world. Two months to enjoy pleasure without school. One month to spend time travelling, exploring the world. One week to prepare one’s self before classes resume again.

Aside from studying the process of photosynthesis, calculating the value of x and identifying the grammatical errors of your classmate’s reaction papers, does anybody know the true essence of why you really have to go to school?

In a person’s lifetime, and second to home, or sometimes even more, school is actually one of the places where one experiences the best moments in his life.

It’s a place where you learn how to deal with your personal problems; a place where you learn how to be a lot creative, smart and talented; a place where you show the best that you can be; a place where you surpass your limits. It’s beyond, anything else, the one and only place that can boost your self-confidence. So you can be a lot successful in life.

Given yet another school year, it’s time to face new challenges again.

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IB Math HL2

Welcome to the start of a new school year 2017-2018!

I do hope you have had a good summer. I am very happy that I am your IB Math HL teacher this school year.

This year, you will be studying the secondyear of the IB Math Higher Level  curriculum. The IB DP’s Mathematics curriculum is comprised of six topics at the HL Level. These include algebra, functions and equations, circular functions and trigonometry, vectors, statistics and probability and calculus plus option which is calculus. You will also be working on your internal assessment throughout this portion of the course.

I encourage you to contact me directly through email ( if you
have concerns or questions. 

Looking forward to an exciting new school year!

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Welcome to CISM Math Department Blog


For most people who enjoy math, solving a math problem is an enjoyable and rewarding activity than answering a math exercise. What’s the difference? Math problems require the critical and creative use of math concepts and strategies whereas math exercises apply acquired math knowledge and techniques to achieve mastery. Mastery is necessary and valuable but students also need to experience solving challenging math problems.

CISM Middle School Math (Grades 6 – 8)

The CISM Middle School Math curriculum is designed to prepare CISM students for high school mathematics. Following the concepts and skills prescribed by the Common Core and the MYP-DP Math Continuum, this course commits itself to continue students’ development of mathematical fluency and reasoning as they progress to more complex Math topics. Computational skills with whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions will be further developed and reinforced in this course through the various learning strategies, which includes drills, board work, and activities. Problem-solving analysis and critical thinking skills are stressed through cooperative learning and inquiry-based learning. A solid foundation of the math fundamentals are designed to prepare students for explorations in Elementary Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability.

CISM High School Mathematics (Grades 9 – 10)

The curriculum empowers students with mathematical tool techniques and analytical skills while providing them with a strong foundation on fundamental algebraic skills and mastery of various mathematical concepts. Problem-solving skills are further enhanced in this curriculum through the use of drills with the application of technology. Critical and analytical thinking skills are used in a problem-solving context.

Aligned with the standards set by the Common Core and the MYP-DP Continuum, topics in the course focus in the development of logical, critical, creative thinking and perseverance in problem solving with the use of appropriate technology. Specifically, the Grade 9 Math covers Intermediate Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Trigonometry, Basic Probability and Statistics. Grade 10 Math integrates Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Discrete Math and Data Analysis. These topics prepare the students for the required learnings and requirements of IB Math. The introduction of TOK questions in these grade levels is also an effective method to prepare students to the expectations of IB Math.



The IB Math syllabus aims to develop the mathematical knowledge as well as logical and critical thinking skills of the DP student using previous learned Math concepts and their skills in abstraction and generalization. The program also intends to encourage students to appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives.

IB Math SL

The IB Math SL curriculum introduces important math concepts through the development of mathematical techniques. Students are introduced to the concepts in a comprehensive and coherent way. The mastery of the concepts in this course involves the application of mathematical knowledge through solving real-life problems in an appropriate context.

The math exploration, which is internally assessed, offers the students the opportunity to develop independent learning in math through the use of various mathematical activities and the investigation of different mathematical ideas.

IB Math HL

Math HL is for students who have a strong background in math and a wide range of analytical and technical skills. The curriculum allows students to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems in a variety of meaningful contexts and to justify and prove results.  It also offers the opportunity for students to develop insights on mathematical form and structure and become intellectually equipped to link between concepts in various topic areas.

The student’s math exploration shows independence in mathematical learning by using various mathematical approaches in the examination of mathematical ideas. This internally- assessed requirements also develop the student’s skills for communicating mathematical ideas in written form.

IB Math Studies SL

The Math Studies SL caters to student with varied backgrounds and abilities, and is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics. This two-year course focuses on the application of mathematics to common real-world occurrences. This allows students to gain an understanding of a variety mathematical topics that can be applied in various settings, and develop sophisticated mathematical reasoning and critical thinking.

The internally-assessed written math exploration allows students to ask their own questions about a mathematical phenomenon and independently go through the process of applying learned mathematical concepts and skills, and utilizing mathematical tools of analysis relevant to the collected data in order to come to a final conclusion regarding their topic.

In alignment with the IB curriculum, the math department is dedicated to development of these traits in our students.

Inquirers. Our math classes encourage students to be naturally curious and encourage the love of learning throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable. In our classes, students learn math concepts and strategies that they could use across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers. Each math activity gives students the opportunity to apply critical and creative thinking skills in approaching challenging math problems.

Communicators. Students in our math classes collaborate with each other and are able to express their ideas in various modes of communication.

Principled. Math encourages students to perform their best at all times, however they are also taught to act with integrity and honesty on all occasions.

Open-minded. As math students collaborate with each other, they learn to see and evaluate a range of views and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring. Math classes teach our students to show empathy and respect towards others and commit themselves to make a positive difference on their lives.

Risk-takers. Challenging math problems in class allow students to explore possible solutions with the use of acquired skills and techniques.

Balanced. Although focus is on the mastery of the acquisition of math concepts and strategies, various teaching and learning strategies are employed in every math class.

Reflective. Students in our math classes learn to assess and understand their strengths and limitations to support their learning and development in the course.

Once again, welcome to our blog! Let’s work together to make this the best year ever.


Charlston D. Chavez                                                                                                                 
Academic Coordinator