Students build their ‘Mental Strategies Toolbox’ so they are equipped with the right tools to solve problems.
A hands-on approach to mathematics helps to foster stronger connections to concepts taught.
This emphasis was followed by a “back to basics” movement that proposed returning to the view that success in mathematics meant being able to compute accurately and quickly.
The reform movement of the 1980s and 1990s pushed the emphasis toward what was called the development of “mathematical power,” which involved reasoning, solving problems, connecting mathematical ideas, and communicating mathematics to others.
We encourage students to be problems solvers using our 4 Step Problem Solving posters.
When posed with a problem, students identify the key information they need to understand and solve the problem, devise a plan to solve it, put the plan into action and then check their results make sense in relation to the problem.
The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
These proficiencies enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
We provide a wide range of materials for students so they can choose the resource that best suits the mathematical concept being learnt.
Encouraging students to draw their thinking or represent it using manipulatives is a large part of our mathematical instruction.