Our second parent workshop “Thinking Mathematically” was held successfully and was well attended by over 50 parents and friends at Fraser Residence Chengdu yesterday. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Paul McCarthy who has a wealth of over 20 years of teaching experience and was translated into Chinese by Ms.Tina Chen to facilitate the language needs of the audience.
Mr. McCarthy talked about the evolution of maths instruction over the years and how modern living has changed the way children experience maths as well as how parents give mathematic learning opportunities to their children at home. The most important take-away for parents is that we should equip the students with problem solving and critical thinking skills so that they can take over their own learning when teachers and parents are not able to support them any more in the future. Mr. McCarthy also answered some questions from parents such as the differences of maths learning between international schools and Chinese schools and how to support early years students to have maths sense during play. Maths has close connections with every subject and every day of our work and life. We teach students not only maths but the procedure of problem solving, and how to use maths reasoning skills in real life.
At LIS, we work closely with parents to support student’s learning at home. We will continue to provide a series of parent workshops to help our parents understand their child’s learning better. More topics will be shared later so that parents from different year groups will be involved.