by Fabrice Serrière, lead math teacher
I have always loved maths: the conceptual learning, the problem-solving, the theories and principles that describe our world and reflect ongoing questions about the universe. I taught for three years at the University level in Paris, France while also giving private lessons to junior-high-school-to-university-age students. It's meaningful and exciting to teach in an international context at The Sierra School of Todos Santos. Our students are 11 to 18 years old. I cherish the kids and love their enthusiasm. I'm French, but I teach in English and Spanish (special thanks to Victor and Esli who are my assistants for Spanish translations). What a great way to learn the languages of math! My goal is to create a stimulating, nurturing learning environment in which students contribute to our understanding through their questions, classwork, participation in discussions and modelling of concepts. I really enjoy the seriousness, open-mindedness and hard work of our students. More recently, maths and ecology have been collaborating on project-oriented learning, by getting students out into our community and cleaning up our environment.
We follow a maths learning program that is challenging, relevant and global. Our learning resources follow the International Baccalaureate model . We learn from the same program used in international schools in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Our math program teaches to a world standard.
Maths are central to our program. Maths classes are small, focused, engaging and follow a regular routine of homework review, developing our understanding of new concepts and sharing-applying our knowledge.
In our maths classes, we collaborate with ecology-science, inquiry-based learning to apply our skills, learn across the disciplines, develop our problem-solving abilities and develop school-local projects. Below is an example of a math-sciences study sheet used to better understand our transect data of trash found in the San Pedrito area. We intend to develop an ecology-community services project in cleaning this surf site.
Students and teachers edited this blog since January of 2018.