The Mathematics Department has continuously endeavored with its innovation and upgrading in terms of developing curricular and co-curricular programs, designing meaningful learning activities, and formulating effective formative and summative assessments. While its endeavors are all compliant with the K-to-12 program of the Department of Education, they are also geared towards the achievement of the general objectives as well as the realization of the mission and vision of the school.
Since the first PAASCU Accreditation in 1983, the Mathematics Department has not stopped searching for the best learning and teaching strategies to deliver instruction more effectively. It has also maintained its passion and enthusiasm for subscribing to the most up-to-date technological approaches to provide our students the opportunities to be abreast with the modern trends of education.
The mathematical skills categorized as concept building, computational and problem solving are pre-requisites for the acquisition of the 21st Century skills. Concept building refers to the gradual but solid understanding of mathematical concepts, terminologies, and theories. Computational skill refers to the ability of performing the four fundamental operations and following the algorithm correctly. Problem solving skill refers to ability of concretizing the abstractness of a mathematical situation by translating it to diagram, formula, or equation.
How do we develop these mathematical skills among our students? For primary level, we adopt the teaching-learning framework called Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract or CPA approach. Physical or concrete objects are essential in the introduction of mathematical concepts and they should be present in any discussion. For skill acquisition, we adhere to what is called Gradual Release of Responsibility or GRR approach. This emphasizes the teacher’s responsibility and students’ responsibility during the demonstration of skill. For intermediate level, we highlight the use of Block Model Approach in solving word problems.
To provide the students with learning experiences that will help them:
1. Understand the meaning of the number system and all the mathematical principles and processes for appropriate integration with other subject areas.
2. Achieve the mathematical competencies stipulated in the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education for the development of the 21st century skills.
3. Foster positive attitude, interest, and enthusiasm for Mathematics for choosing possible career path they will take.
Sinite parvulos venire ad me. (Mk. 10:14)