Posts Tagged ‘math’

ES Math Club adds fun to grades 3-5

Written by Beatrice Zimmermann. Posted in After school Activities

This year the BFIS After-School Program reintroduced the Elementary Math Club to Grades 3-5. The activity is run by Ms. Claudia who writes that “we are pushing our brains to look at math in many different ways. We learn about fractions through making our own pizzas, or learn about probability by gambling (with imaginary points). We even practice our addition and subtraction skills by playing our own version of the game Life! It´s always fun and games and lots of learning in the Elementary Math Club.”



Deep, Down Inside, We All Love Math!

Written by Julie Rainer. Posted in 2nd Grade

We began the school year with a short Graphing unit that helped us get to know our classmates better by finding out ¨What Makes Us Interesting¨  During this unit students were able to analyze the data they collected and make conclusions.  We also touched on probability by making predictions based on our conclusions.

Over the past week we have been focusing on building our Number Sense.  We have used different tools to help us find patterns in numbers, skip count, compare two numbers, and put numbers in order. Key vocabulary includes greater than, less than, between, after, before, equal to, even and odd numbers.  Our next unit in math will be Place Value.


N-3rd Grade Mathematics

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Elementary School, Kili Lay

What is mathematics? “A way of thinking” – Erma Anderson, May 4, 2012 at the BFIS Parent Workshop

Research by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) found that the content of mathematics is the same around the world. They then turned their research to the difference in high performing and low performing students. They found the difference between these groups of students was linked to instruction – high performers were taught that mathematics is like a map, a tool to help you problem solve and figure out the many ways to get from one point to another point. Low performers on the other hand were given a set of directions to be followed step by step, sequentially, without seeing the bigger picture of how everything is connected.

The focus of this workshop was how to help your young child develop their own mathematical road map and support the learning that is taking place in the classroom.

Erma shared what were the key areas your child should be “fluent” by the end of that grade level. Fluent was defined as “efficient, accurate, and flexible”.

PD Recap – Dr. Monica Neagoy

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Dr. Monica Neagoy returned to campus February 27 and worked with students, teachers, administrators and parents through Saturday, March 17. She stepped into two classrooms to help solve two immediate needs and worked with a group of 11th grade IB students and a group of grade 10 students. Everyone involved recognized the value that Dr. Monica added to those classrooms and we are grateful for the timing of her visit. There were other students with whom she worked, ranging from intermittently to regularly, from grades 4th through 12th.

When not with students, Monica met with groups of teachers, individual teachers, parents and observed classrooms. From an instructional perspective, she is helping us develop and strengthen our “pedagogical content knowledge” – that is, how to teach mathematics. This is different than knowing mathematics or even understanding mathematics, which are certainly also important.

“The Mathematics of Beauty”

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay


We were told to be prepared to “sit back, relax and allow yourself to be mesmerized by the beauty of mathematics and the mathematics of beauty” and for the intimate group of parents, teachers, and students in the audience, we wholly were!

Traveling through time and place, Dr. Monica gave us a fascinating tour of the many beautiful ways that mathematics is represented in nature, in art, in the human form, in man-made structures and the environment. After we looked at nautilus shells, pine cones, Ancient Greek architecture, musical instruments, and beautiful art, she had us warmed up to see the beauty of mathematics: an eloquent solution and the beauty and complexity of patterns. She closed her mesmerizing presentation with an in-depth look at the most complex of all mathematical representations, the Mandelbrot Set. If you don’t know what it is, Google it (or, here’s one YouTube video that I particularly liked).


Thank you to the following people for permission to use their photographs!

Beyer, Wolfgang. Mandlebrot Set, step 7. Wikipedia, 2005. JPG.

Mazzei, Andrea . Golden ratio (nautilus). Flickr, 2009. JPG.

Miller, Catherine. Sunflower. Flickr, 2010. JPG.

Math Workshops for Parents

Written by Kili Lay. Posted in Kili Lay

Mr. Northrup likes to remind us that while schools are incredibly important in a child’s development of important social and cognitive development, they do spend more time at home with their parents than they do at school, from birth to 18 years of age. Do you ask yourself what else you can do to support your child’s development, perhaps particularly in math, a subject often cited as “difficult” or one you “were not very good at”?

Having experienced great success with Math Academy at The Hill School with Dr. Monica Neagoy, we continued to build on our Math Workshops for Parents during Dr. Monica’s Spring visit. Targeting specific grade levels and age groups, Monica lead us through explorations in algebra and geometry for kids in that target age range. We were given a challenge, plenty of materials, and a group to collaborate with. Each group came up with different solutions to the same problem and we shared our strategies, relying on our ability to communicate our ideas to the rest of the group.

We made mistakes, we found new solutions, and we all left with a greater sense of appreciation and knowledge of those mathematical concepts. More than anything, we left with an appetite for more. Next year, Dr. Monica will be back at BFIS for an astonishing total of 20 weeks! Without doubt, more math workshops for parents will take place – so bring your pencil and an active mind!

Thank you Roberto for your roaming camera shots!