Saint Killian’s Parish School. Welcome!. This isn ’ t the way I learned math!.
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“During the past 20 years, the skills required to succeed in the economy have changed radically, but the skills taught in most schools have changed very little…Many people -- including half of recent graduates -- have an education that is no longer in demand.”
- Galvin & Bales, Motorola
(It’s not a new idea!)
of field testing in a variety of classroom settings
and curriculum materials to create the
curriculum as enacted in the classroom.
learning about mathematics content,
pedagogy, and student learning.
Support students to make sense of
mathematics and learn that they can
be mathematical thinkers.
Focus on computational fluency with
whole numbers as a major goal of
the elementary grades.
Provide substantive work in important
areas of mathematics - rational numbers,
geometry, measurement, data, and
early algebra - and making
connections among them.
“I don’t get it at all.”
When your child says, “The teacher didn’t teach me how to do this kind.”
Together you come up with a solution and your child says, “That’s not the way the teacher did it.”
to do this!”
More Importantly - How can you help your child become mathematically powerful?
If we as a nation adopt the belief that all students can learn mathematics; if we act in consistent, coordinated ways to effect that goal; and if we make the requisite commitment of human and financial resources, there is a good reason to think many more students will succeed. Our children deserve nothing less than the best mathematics education in the world.
-U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement