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AdZU-JHS Members Attend Mathematics Seminar-Workshop

AdZU-JHS Members Attend Mathematics Seminar-Workshop
by Aeryne Chloe Cabahug

“Selected Math teachers and Mathematical Advanced Group of Integral Students (MAGIS) 10 students attended a regional seminar-workshop on combinatorics and geometry at the Crystal Ballroom, Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City last September 25-26, 2015. The seminar-workshop was conducted by the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) – Region IX Chapter. Dr. Ian June L. Garces of the Ateneo de Manila University faculty and former coach of the Philippine team for the International Math Olympiad was the resource speaker.

“The seminar-workshop consisted of several sessions which dealt with concepts of combinatorics, geometry and problem solving. However, the topics discussed were not limited to the ones mentioned, but also included the new learning guidelines and updates on the new K-12 curriculum for grades 11 and 12, and the introduction of Geogebra, an assistive application for several mathematical branches—such as algebra, geometry, statistics and calculus—to aid the teachers particularly.

“During the first day, the sessions were about combinatorics and geometry, while on the second day, the sessions were about problem solving.   Throughout the sessions, Dr. Garces gave the participants several anecdotes and advice related to teaching and learning math. ‘Personally, I have been an advocate of using technology in the teaching of mathematics,’ said Dr. Garces. He also emphasized the importance of proper use of technology as an aid. In addition, he also explained the importance of teaching problem solving to student learning, ‘Research tells us that problem solving must be taught as an integral part of mathematics learning.’

“To the participants, the seminar-workshop did not only add to their academic experience, but also to their personal experience. ‘The speaker wasn’t boring and was very encouraging,’ said one participant. ‘He did a good job of explaining the topics and related himself to us, which made it easier to listen to his lecture.’

“The MSP – Region IX Chapter announced that more seminar-workshops will be held in the following months resulting from good feedback coming from the participants.”