Over the course of the year, we want students to become confident in their problem-solving abilities, understand how to communicate their thinking clearly, and begin to reason mathematically. In order to facilitate the achievement of these goals, we provide many rich tasks that require planning, execution, and explanation above and beyond mere computation.
A child’s progress is assessed on an on-going basis. These assessments indicate to us whether a child needs more time to learn a concept, needs to be more challenged, or needs to be taught the skill in a different, more effective way.
Two important goals of our math program are for children to be able to explain their thinking and to realize that there are different ways to approach and solve problems.
Resources utilized in mathematics:
Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative developed tasks (MARS tasks)
Problems of the Month developed by Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative
The SVMI component seeks to shift our learners towards a more 21st century approach to mathematics. The Initiative is based on high performance expectations, ongoing professional development, examining student work, and improving math instruction.
Below are the standards of mathematical practice that drive our approach and methodology:
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.