Mathematics Guiding Principles

Assessment

 Mathematics assessment is an on-going process of evaluation which will provide targeted feedback leading to the continuous growth of ALL learners.

 Effective mathematics assessment should:

  • allow for student and teacher reflection through timely, targeted feedback.

  • provide data to inform and adjust instruction.

  • align with district and state outcomes.

  • be a critical part of the learning cycle and therefore must be multi-faceted in order to provide all students vehicles through which they can demonstrate their level of understanding.

    Communication

     Communication promotes higher levels of cognitive, interpersonal and social development.

     Mathematically literate students:

    • employ technical reading strategies to access and interpret a variety of mathematical data.

    • express mathematical information symbolically.

    • understand and extend their thinking through discourse.

    • critically reflect upon and evaluate their understanding through writing.

    • utilize feedback as a vehicle to move toward independence.

    • discover, analyze, and evaluate existing ideas, new concepts, and misconceptions through questioning.

    • are supported through on-going collaboration between school and home.

Technology

 Technology engages students, enhances learning, and extends conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.

Incorporating the use of educational technology in the mathematics classroom will:

  • engage students by tapping into their natural curiosity as it allows increased opportunity for exploration through inquiry.

  • enhance learning by increasing efficiency, thereby broadening  the depth and breadth of mathematical ideas.

  • extend conceptual understanding by applying critical thinking skills, demonstrating multiple representations, and discovering mathematical connections.

  • prepare students to be active participants in our global community through diverse and authentic learning experiences.

    Planning and Instruction

Effective planning and instruction ensures a balance among developing an understanding of broad mathematical concepts, problem-solving, and increasing procedural fluency in a student-centered learning environment.

Rich mathematical instruction should:

  • outcomes, current research, best practices, and student needs.

  • provide for acquiring, making meaning of, and transferring skills and knowledge across content and disciplines.

  • differentiate to support the needs of all students.

  • incorporate a variety of authentic experiences that foster critical thinking.



    Classroom Culture

    A positive classroom culture which fosters life-long curiosity, teamwork, and an appreciation for multiple approaches to problem-solving is essential for engaging and motivating students.

    Students achieve success in a learning environment that is structured to:

    • promote inquiry, risk-taking, reciprocal teaching, and a spirit of collaboration.

    • enlist teachers in assuming flexible roles as facilitator, coach, and instructor.

    • support all students in developing a positive mathematical self-concept and a productive disposition.

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