In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education released the results from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that showed that math education across the country wasn't measuring up in comparison to other places around the globe.
Thankfully at Lausanne, students are bucking the trend, and excelling in their studies through innovative ways of teaching.
Take for instance Janet Slesinski's class. On Wednesday, IB Math Year 1 students used a number line to discover trig functions. Students placed each angle on the number line (in degrees and radians), and then plotted the coordinate point for the sine of the angle on the whiteboard behind the number line. When all the key points were plotted, they connected them to discover a sine wave, one of the three trigonometric functions they will be graphing this unit.
Slesinksi says learning in the group setting helps the students retain the information better.
"Building the graphs of the trig functions from prior knowledge of the unit circle helps students retain the key values and understand why the graphs have the shape they have. This solid foundation will prepare students to transform the functions later in the unit. Using the number line helps kids tackle the problem from a kinesthetic angle." Slesinski said.
The classroom learning is just the beginning for these students. They are taking that knowledge, competing and winning awards.
Earlier this month, Lausanne students participated in the 2019 Memphis Areas Chapter competition at Southwest Tennessee Community College.
Mathcounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. Its founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
The Lausanne team of Krishnav Manga '24, Malaika Kumar '23, Matthew Kulubya '23 and Will St.Clair '23 won fourth overall out of fifteen teams from the Mid-South.
Matthew Kulubya even received an invitation to participate in the Mathcounts state finals in March.
It's a challenging learning environment that gives students an opportunity to succeed. It's the Lausanne Way.