“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos
March 6 was marked as World Math(s) Day, a day to celebrate the study of math. The elementary and middle schools of TIS, once again, took part. Students from grades 2 through 8 logged on to the Mathletics special website and took part in friendly competition with other students from schools all around the world. In the end, 292,354,618 problems were solved by the world’s mathletes. Results from the TIS mathletes will be announced next week.
Later in the evening, 97 elementary students in kindergarten through grade 5 and more than 40 parents came back to school to celebrate World Math Day. The evening began with math-related stories then students and parents undertook challenging and fun math games and problems. The events were held in the elementary library and various elementary classrooms.
At TIS we strive to teach for understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures – the “why” something works, not only the “how.” It may take even several years to grasp a concept. The “how” something works is often called procedural understanding: it is often possible to learn the “how” mechanically without understanding why it works. Procedures learned this way are often forgotten very easily.
“Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess … and lasts longer than Monopoly. It is free – it can be played anywhere. Archimedes did it in the bathtub!” – Richard J. Trudeau