How we learn Mathematics at the PYP

How we learn Mathematics at the PYP

Throughout the PYP at H-IS Treviso, teachers have made a strong commitment to developing students’ Math Fluency. “Fluency requires students to notice relationships and use strategies. It’s about the speed at which a student produces an answer, but it’s also about the methods they used to produce that answer and the flexibility they have in their thinking.” (McGraw-Hill, n.d.).

Teachers and students have already begun working on math fluency through a range of intriguing learning engagements that will help students develop the number-related skills needed to effectively apply their knowledge when solving mathematical problems. Our goal is for students to meaningfully memorize math facts and develop the ability to produce a math fact through highly efficient, automatically executed strategies. The photos of children learning math facts that you see here don’t look like the traditional drill of rote memorization. That’s because H-IS Treviso teachers are carefully constructing interesting and engaging learning experiences to ensure students enjoy learning while they consolidate these important foundational concepts, skills and knowledge.

Claire Cook, Learning Scientist explains: “Fluency allows us to retrieve and use math facts with a certain automaticity, having internalized them from prior experience. It’s not about memorization per se — just as a master chef doesn’t go about selecting the right ingredients in the right amounts because he’s memorized recipes, but rather because he knows what he’s doing at that level without thinking about it too hard or too explicitly.”

Jane Andrews
H-International School Treviso
Head of PYP