The mathematics program at CMA focuses on conceptual understanding and problem solving; with ‘procedural’ approaches as a last resort.
Students are provided opportunities to collaborate when problem-solving, going beyond procedures to explore mathematical concepts from different perspectives. Student-driven discussion and examples, hands-on activities, “what if” questions, numeric and geometric problems, and interdisciplinary projects provide multiple entry points to a topic, which provides multiple ways for students to develop the curricular competencies in mathematics. We believe that the most successful problem-solving happens when students can share different perspectives and approaches.
In the Senior School, Math learning targets two distinct kinds of development in students: abstract, rational, and constrained thinking and an independent learning disposition. In university and other formal learning environments, the confidence to learn some things on one’s own terms is liberating, empowering, and effective.