At Chelsea Prep, we use a teacher-curated mix of math programs for mathematics instruction. I love selecting the best resources from Singapore Math, Bridges Math, Engage NY, and other "new math" curricula to best fit individual students' learning goals. In our class, students will progress at their own rate through independent work and enriching supplemental units of study. Students will be encouraged to progress through advanced curriculum based on their individual understandings and interests, not based on prescribed grade level pacing. All math topics will be pre-assessed and students who demonstrate grade-level mastery of topics will be challenged with alternative curriculum options. Grouping for math will be flexible depending on students' changing needs on a daily basis.
Due to the advanced nature of our class, mathematics instruction will focus less on rote computational skills and more on advanced mathematical thinking. One of my goals is to help the students grow in their ability to communicate as mathematicians and in the process become better problem solvers. Many students give up quickly when a math problem looks unfamiliar. However, students who have had practice in talking at length with their peers and teacher about solving mathematics problems tend to persist longer in trying to understand a new problem. As they get used to the process of explaining their thinking and revising their thinking in light of others' comments, they come to understand that it takes time to think through a problem. They don't give up as quickly, and persistence is an important quality for academic success in all arenas. As the class becomes more practiced at communicating mathematically, students are motivated to organize, consolidate, and clarify their own thinking. Students learn to view problems from different perspectives and to appreciate a variety of thinking and problem solving styles.
I will post math resources to this section throughout the year to help build the home-school connection in your child's math education. Please let me know if you there are particular resources that you would be helpful for you. I will also be adding a section about the Take-Home Math KITS that the students will be using to practice math skills at home.
Click here to view a list of math links that will be useful for the students in our class. I will try to keep the list updated with relevant internet games and other resources.
Families, if you are interested in learning more about math instruction in our class, have questions about the algorithms your child is using, wonder about the math terminology we are using, or want to view an answer key for the HomeLinks, visit the Family Information and Resource page.
Visit the Math Resources page to download helpful worksheets like blank multiplication tables, practice problems, flashcards, and more.
Teachers, visit my section with math resources for teachers to download. I'm happy to share what I have so we all can work a little smarter, and a little less hard.