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Let's face it, education has changed since most of our parents were in school. Children no longer sit in rows and memorize everything that the teacher says. Students at SIS are taught the foundation necessary to be complex thinkers and independent learners. Using a workshop model, students engage in a mini lesson and then practice what they have learned through independent and group activities. Tuesday morning, our grades 2 and 3 parents had an opportunity to experience a math mini lesson so that they could understand how math is taught at SIS. Placed in groups, parents worked together to solve math problems and then they presented their answers. Guess what? It turns out that our parents think differently and apply different strategies to arrive at the same answer, just like our students. The workshop model focuses on how a student arrives at an answer to ensure that students understand the greater concepts. Often, teachers will encourage students to deconstruct a problem to help them clarify their thinking. For example, a simple addition problem was presented. Turns out, some people add large sums and then subtract, others use traditional methods of adding and some even used toes and fingers. No matter what the answer, it is the complex thinking and understanding of math principles that matters.