Integrating the IB Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Mathematics

In the IB Mathematics programme, students make use of technology to engage in inquiry-based learning as they compare, examine and analyse various characteristics and features of functions. Not only do students become familiar with utilising graphing calculators, but they also learn how to leverage other computer software programs like Desmos. 

Through this inquiry-based learning model, students utilize Google Sheets to calculate measures of central tendency of data sets while studying statistics. They work collaboratively to construct linear regression models, analyse trends in the data, and to identify correlations between variables. 

Through cooperative learning, students become inquirers and reflective thinkers, as they work through challenges and collaborate with their peers to problem solve. Students develop the skills necessary to reflect on their findings and communicate their thought processes with others. Students engage in “Math Talk” sessions both in-person and remotely, where they have opportunities to engage in higher-order questioning and mathematical reasoning. Students develop the skills necessary to articulate their thinking, pose questions of their own and analyse the justifications and methodologies of others.

When engaging in exploration tasks, students are asked to find connections between mathematics and real world applications. Through their own curiosity and investigation, students discover the relevance of mathematics across other disciplines including economics, science and physics.