"...all students have access to high-quality, engaging mathematics instruction. There are ambitious expectations for all, with accommodation for those who need it. Knowledgeable teachers have adequate resources to support their work and are continually growing as professionals. The curriculum is mathematically rich, offering students opportunities to learn important mathematical concepts and procedures with understanding. Technology is an essential component of the environment. Students confidently engage in complex mathematical tasks chosen carefully by teachers. They draw on knowledge from a wide variety of mathematical topics, sometimes approaching the problem from different mathematical perspectives or representing the mathematics in different ways until they find methods that enable them to make progress. Teachers help students make, refine, and explore conjectures on the basis of evidence and use a variety of reasoning and proof techniques to confirm or disprove their conjectures. Students are flexible and resourceful problem solvers. Alone or in groups and with access to technology, they work productively and reflectively, with the skilled guidance of their teachers. Orally and in writing, students communicate their ideas and results effectively. They value mathematics and engage actively in learning it." (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards 2000, p. 3)
K-6: Everyday Mathematics
Everyday Mathematics introduces children to all the major mathematical content domains – number sense, algebra, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability – beginning in Kindergarten. The program helps teachers move beyond basic arithmetic and nurture higher order and critical thinking skills in their students, using everyday, real-world problems and situations – while also building and maintaining basic skills, including automatic fact recall.
The Everyday Mathematics program features a spiraling curriculum in which mathematical content is taught in a repeated fashion, beginning with concrete experiences. Children learn best when new topics are presented briskly and in an interesting way. Most children will not master a new topic the first time it is presented, so Everyday Mathematics allows children to revisit content in varied contexts, integrating new learning with previous knowledge. Everyday Mathematics periodically reviews, practices, and applies newly learned concepts and skills in wide variety of contexts.
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7-8: Integrated Algebra and Geometry Course
Integrated mathematics is the term used in the United States to describe the style of mathematics education which integrates many topics or strands of mathematics throughout each year of secondary school.