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Montgomery MATH K-4 Why Math In Focus? May 28, 2013 Board of Education Meeting. Amy Wish K-4 Supervisor of Mathematics and Science. Goals. 1. Detail the process we used to choose Math in Focus for our anchor resource. 2. Explain why we believe Math in Focus
Amy WishK-4 Supervisor of Mathematics and Science
Detail the process
we used to choose
Math in Focus for our
Explain why we
believe Math in Focus
is the best choice for
2012-2013 School Year
4 Classrooms in each grade level Kindergarten through Fourth Grade
Included settings in: General Education, Academic Support, Enrichment & In-class Support
Included 3 resource room settings (grades K, 2, 4)
Parent Conversation Sessions: April 2-5, 2013
Math in Focus average rubric score higher than Everyday Mathematics
SELECT S= state the decision E= establish & classify objectives L= list alternatives
E= evaluate alternatives C= consider risks T= trust your work
All K-4 staff who teach mathematics involved, 92 teachers polled
Evaluation Scale: Excellent- 10, Good- 8, Adequate- 6, Poor- 4, Not Acceptable- 1
Organizational structure supports mastery
Adequate resources for differentiation
Technology components to support learning & assessment
Very strong focus on word problems & computational fluency
The Common Core Standards in Mathematics define our curriculum goals.
Textbooks support our curriculum, but do not define it.
We recommend Math in Focus as our anchor resource
for grades K-4.
We will continue to use teacher made materials as well as
Problem Solver II books, Kathy Richardson activities and the
Compass Learning Odyssey online program as supporting
resources as needed. However, thanks to a solid anchor resource,
we will deliver Common Core instruction with more fidelity.
Montgomery School District's K-4 Mathematics Curriculum is organized around five content clusters: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number in Base Ten, Fractions, Geometry, and Measurement & Data. All content clusters and the five process skills (problem solving, communication, connections, reasoning, &representation) are addressed in every grade level of the program, building a strong and balanced foundation. In addition, we have designed a facts mastery sequence to ensure that our students can fluently and accurately recall basic math facts when performing everyday computations or solving problems. Each grade level introduces problems to be solved and situations to be explored that extend students’ conceptual understandings and skills beyond traditional computation. The curriculum is grounded in the research of how students learn mathematics. We believe our curriculum will foster the development of our students' mathematical intuition and the overall mathematical literacy necessary to succeed in a global society.
Instructional designs include:
• High expectations for all students
• Dynamic real-world and cross curricular applications, including the use of technology
• Concrete modeling as a pathway to abstract understanding
• A problem-solving approach that develops critical thinking skills, strategy development, the application of concepts, and communication
• Frequent practice of basic skills through mathematical games
• An instructional approach that revisits topics in a variety of contexts to ensure full conceptual development and retention
• Collaborative learning in partner and small group activities
Montgomery’s math curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSI) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Standards. Therefore, it adequately prepares our students for the New Jersey Statewide Assessment Program. More importantly, however, the curriculum is designed to foster student growth and to develop students’ abilities and motivation to become life-long mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.