I’m excited that our student mathematicians are…
- Using arrays to understand how multiplication and division are related (elementary).
- Applying percentages to marketing: profit, loss, mark-up, discount (middle school).
- Applying the slope-intercept form of a line to real life situations (high school).
I’m also excited that OCSI teaches math from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:
- Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): Math is the language of creation by which it reflects God’s eternality, unchangeableness, orderliness, dependability, logic, justice, beauty, and mystery. As humans discern and apply mathematical patterns, we delight in God, His creation, and our ability as His image bearers to learn. We make predictions, solve problems, discover laws of nature, steward our resources, create beauty (art, music, architecture…), and stand in awe at the limits of knowledge.
- Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, we glorify the creation rather than the Creator, use math for selfish reasons, and give up in the face of difficulty.
- Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Because He died and rose again to free us from the power of sin, we are free to use math to love and serve God and neighbor, and we are free to persevere in the face of difficulty.
- Restoration (What will you do?): The Math Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students understand, appreciate, and apply the patterns of math; and we help hone their problem-solving skills. We do this so that students will glorify God for His attributes seen in math. We also do this so that students will use their knowledge and skills to steward their resources and serve others by reasoning carefully, using data ethically, and furthering uncovering and developing the laws and possibilities God has built into His creation.
Meet Ms. Toffenetti, who teaches Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.