Rising to the Challenge

The Math Circle of the Philippines will hold this year’s annual convention on Nov 12 – 13 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila. The convention will aim to equip mathematics teachers with the needed tools for the challenging demands of the 21st century learners through the different sessions to be led by the respectable Mathematics professors and practitioners.

To open the session, Dir. Jocelyn Andaya of our DepEd Secondary Education Division, will follow up her presentation from last year’s convention of the Math K-12 Curriculum by sharing with math professors the progress and updates of the new math curriculum and the challenges math professors have to tackle to ensure the higher learning achievement in the area of mathematics, especially with the addition of the 2 years in the high school level.

Dr. Levi Elipane, a professor of De la Salle University will deliver a talk on “Integrating Mathematics Problem Solving and Critical Thinking- Twin Goals of Mathematics in the Basic Education Level.” This will be further strengthened by the workshop of Dr. Ian Jun Garces, Professor of the Department of Mathematics of the Ateneo de Manila University on the effective techniques and strategies for solving problems by asking the right questions.

Mathematics teachers in our country face many critical problems as research papers of Math teachers will be presented in this year’s convention. These papers can share how mathematics teachers can cope with these problems and make their students learn effectively. Data can be derived from the results of the Standards-Based Assessment instruments that schools use to measure student achievement levels, aside from the formative assessment tools that mathematics teachers use in their classrooms.

In last year’s convention, APSA awarded gold medals to the highest scores in all the grade levels in schools across the country. For this year, APSA will also award gold medals to the highest achievers in Mathematics learning .