Mathematics helps one to develop critical thinking skills, forcing them to question and compare information. Organizing data in tables, charts, and graphs will give the student new ways to describe the relationships between numbers. Identifying and extending patterns can help them see underlying form and structure. Algebra and Geometry will help them develop logic as they problem solve.
Not only do students need to learn mathematical concepts, they also need to connect the study of numbers to real life. They will apply strategies they have learned to local and global issues, making predictions and creating models.
- Approaches to learning – How can learning mathematics improve my thinking skills? *
- Community and Service – How is the knowledge of mathematics useful in communities? *
- Health and Social Education – Can mathematics be used to influence the health of a society and/or nation?*
- Environments – How can mathematics affect our understanding of different environments? *
- Human Ingenuity – What would the world be like without mathematics? *
*International Baccalaureate Organization. (2009). Developing the Curriculum. (2009). Middle Years Programme Mathematics Guide. Cardiff, United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization