The teaching of Mathematics at Waitākiri School is based on the Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) approach, founded by Dr Bobbie Hunter. This approach promotes a group-based approach to problem solving.
Students are introduced to word problems, which contain relevant cultural aspects and real life situations, then encouraged to share their different ways of solving them with each other. At the end of each lesson, the teacher reinforces the ‘big idea’ that is being taught, along with any specific mathematical concepts that are being targeted.
This approach to teaching mathematics began as a way to raise student achievement for students in South Auckland Schools, and its success has been so pronounced that is has branched out to other parts of New Zealand and other countries in the world.