One of the most important characteristics of a qualified human profile needed in today’s business and science world is problem-solving skills. Mathematics is the most effective subject area to help acquire this skill. Mathematical literacy means employing the mathematical thinking and decision-making processes while solving current and future problems and understanding the role of mathematics in our environment. Only if mathematical literacy develops, individuals who think, produce, and criticize can be raised.
We, as a principle, by using the methods that teach how to learn in our school, are committed to educating students who can cope with each and every challenging condition and problem on their own.
In mathematics instead of bringing all students up to the same pace of learning and level of achievement, it is more accurate and meaningful to try to increase all students’ pace of learning and levels of achievement. For this reason, teachers in our school guide students with different abilities and pace of learning to come up with their own solutions, to share their ideas with friends, and solve their problems. The most important goal of our mathematics teachers is to instill in our students love for mathematics, to motivate them to want to learn mathematics, and to make them think that mathematics is worth studying and working on as mathematics can only be learned through experimenting or doing. In order to achieve success, it is necessary to work tirelessly and to continue to learn by learning from mistakes.
Our Teaching Practices
- Our lesson plans are based on the constructivist approach, taking into account the individual differences of our students.
- Lessons are planned as “a journey from concrete to the abstract” using materials that help to render the abstract concepts that our students have difficulty understanding more concrete.
- In order to emphasize that mathematics is a part of life outside the class, the examples used are related to daily life and other disciplines.
- In order to develop mathematical thinking (problem-solving, reasoning, building connections with mathematics, daily life, and other disciplines, communication), lesson plans are structured knowing that conceptual learning and operational fluency must be provided first.
- All kinds of developments in education, technology, and method are monitored. If they are considered useful and the conditions are available, they are used in our classes in line with our objectives.
- Being aware of the importance of play in learning, mind and intelligence games are made a part of our practices in order to highlight and develop the mental abilities of our students.
- In mathematics classes topics are studied following a rich variety of methods so as to enable students to explore, and attention is paid to ensure that our teachers are not instructing all the time but are guiding and leading.
- World Math Day Activities
- World Pi Day Events
- Brain Week Activities
- Mind and Brain Games Contests
- Mental Calculation Competitions
- Mathematics Workshops
- Estimation Competitions
- Advanced Mathematics Studies for students with high analytical interests