There was a time when the ability to merely make quick and precise mathematical calculations was of paramount importance. But as Daniel Pink points out in his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future, a more advanced conceptual understanding of problems will be required to best serve the social and economic needs of our society. For example, it is one thing when a student can summon a mnemonic device to expand a product such as (a + b)(x + y) and quite another when a student can explain where the mnemonic comes from.
The math curriculum at The Bridge Way School combines the processes set forth in the Common Core State Curriculum Initiative and the content areas to be covered as listed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in order to best create instructional goals for math proficiency in our students according to what is needed in 21st century thinkers.
The processes highlighted in our math curriculum are as follows:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
- Model with mathematics
- Use appropriate tools strategically
- Attend to precision
- Look for and make use of structure
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
The NCTM lists the following areas core content areas within the study of mathematics:
- Number Properties and Operations
- Data Analysis and Probability
- Algebraic Thinking