Math is REAL-WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING!
Real-life Problem Solving
We emphasize the application of mathematics to real-world situations. Numbers, skills, and mathematics concepts are not presented in isolation, but are linked to situations and contexts that are relevant to everyday life.
We present whole-class instruction as well as small-group, partner, or individual activities. These activities balance teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended problem solving, hands-on explorations, long-term projects, and ongoing practice.
Multiple Opportunities for Basic Skills Practice
We provide numerous opportunities for basic skills practice and review. These include written and choral fact drills, mental math routines, practice with Fact Triangles (flash cards of fact families), daily sets of review problems, homework assignments called Home Links or Study Links, timed tests, and a wide variety of math games.
Emphasis on Communication
Students are regularly encouraged to explain and discuss their mathematical thinking. Opportunities to verbalize their thoughts and strategies give children the chance to clarify their thinking and gain insights from others.
Enhanced Home/School Partnerships
Daily Home Links (Grades K-3) and Study Links (Grades 4-5) provide opportunities for family members to participate in students' mathematical learning. Study Links are provided for most lessons in grades 4-5, and all grades include periodic letters to help keep parents informed about their children's math experience.
Appropriate Use of Technology
We teach students how to use technology appropriately. We include many activities in which learning is extended and enhanced through the use of calculators. At the same time, some activities will reinforce basic paper and pencil and mental computation skills without the use of technology.