Time has been allocated within the teaching hours for engaging students in activities that promote the development of a range of mathematical skills and abilities. The objective is to support students in crafting successful strategies and methods for solving different types of mathematical problems. These abilities and skills include – but are not limited to – the following: problem-solving techniques, fluency and confidence in applying algebraic facts and procedures, thorough understanding of important concepts, and skilled use of applying appropriate technology (especially their GDC) to understand and solve problems. Teachers are encouraged to make use of a portion of the 30 hours devoted to the ‘toolkit’ to design and facilitate inquiry-based lessons and activities that focus on conceptual understanding of the content and gives students opportunities for teamwork and collaboration as well as time to reflect upon their own learning of mathematics.
Students should be encouraged to actively identify skills that they might add to their personal mathematics toolkit. Teachers are encouraged to make explicit where these skills might transfer across areas of mathematics content and allow students to reflect upon where these skills transfer to other subjects the student is studying.