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.

**GROUP 5 in CISM**

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. **The new syllabus for each IB Mathematics courses was issued last year, 2018 for which students will first take exams in May 2021. **

**IB Math SL/HL – Analysis and Approaches**

The **IB Math SL/HL – Analysis and Approaches** 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. It focuses on algebraic, graphical and numerical approaches and the construction of mathematical thinking. 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 SL/HL – Applications and Interpretations**

The **IB Math SL/HL – Applications and Interpretations **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 applications of mathematics to common real-world occurrences using technology. 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 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.

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 Mathematics