It is necessary for all students to have a strong mathematical background. It is imperative that our educational environments provide all students to do worthwhile and purposeful mathematical work. In such an environment, students must be actively involved in exploration, investigation, and experimentation with models, concrete materials, and everyday objects in order to develop conceptual understanding of mathematical skills. The future demands that students be involved today in applying higher-order thinking skills to problem-solving situations they can relate to their own experiences and connect directly to real-life examples.
A vitalized mathematics curriculum is problem centered, and uses content that develops students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics, appreciation for its applications, ability to communicate mathematically, and proficiency in computational skills.
These goals can be further expanded through the specialized mathematics programs at the following levels:
School Program – Curriculum – Mathematics K – 2
- The classroom atmosphere fosters the development of logical thinking and problem solving.
- Students use concrete materials regularly in varied activities.
- Students have many opportunities to explore, investigate, and discover.
- Students are continually encouraged to interact with each other to enhance understanding through verbalization and visualizing.
- Relationships among mathematical skills and concepts are emphasized.
- Students will use computers, calculators, and other forms of technology.
School Program – Curriculum – Mathematics 3 – 5
- Previously taught skills are strengthened with a focus on greater depth of understanding in all strands.
- A variety of application assignments are given that incorporate more than one strand and use technology for problem solving.
- More opportunities are provided for thinking independently, solving complex problems and working in small groups.
- Students are prepared for the more rigorous content and expectations of future learning.
School Program – Curriculum – Mathematics 6 – 8
- Teachers use questioning techniques that create interaction, encourage exploration, enhance transfer, stimulate motivation, and challenge thinking.
- Students are continuously involved in problem-solving activities and are encouraged to solve problems in a variety of ways and accept solutions in many different forms.
- Students investigate, experiment, develop new mathematical skills and concepts, and apply previously acquired knowledge to real-life situations.