Our Approach to Core Subjects: MATHEMATICS

Did you know that we developed our Mathematics series with a particular approach in mind? This was to ensure students would meet key curriculum targets while remaining engaged in the lesson. To start, we separated our 5-book Mathematics set into 5 key areas of study:

1. Number & Operations
2. Algebra
3. Geometry
4. Measurement
5. Data Analysis & Probability

NCTM Principles & Standards
We followed the content standards as laid out by the National Council of Mathematics (NCTM) . This method promotes the idea that it is beneficial to learn through practical, applicable and real-world examples. The Principles are the fundamentals to an effective mathematics education. The Standards are descriptions of what mathematics instruction should enable students to learn. Together, these offer a comprehensive and coherent set of learning goals, serving as a resource to teachers and a framework for curriculum. To learn more about the 6 Principles for School Mathematics used in the creation of our resources, please refer to our June 15, 2020 blog post.

Common Core Targets
In 2009 the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were introduced. The goal here was to standardize the curriculum objectives for Mathematics so that every student across the nation would be learning the same content. Although shrouded in controversy, the basic framework that these standards proposed were sound. Due to our objective of meeting all state standards with our resources, we found that our Mathematics series met most of these standards. Our goal is to provide the basic knowledge each student needs to be successful in their academic career while remaining engaged in the subject matter. Click here to download a complete breakdown of each target that our Math series aligns to.

STEAM Initiatives
The STEAM Initiatives is defined as “Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the liberal Arts and based in Mathematics”. The goal of these initiatives is to bring together all subjects across all disciplines. Rather than teaching individual subjects separately, the goal of STEAM is to teach students 21st century skills, such as innovation, critical and creative thinking. By teaching all subjects cohesively, students will become better prepared to be successful in today’s world. Our Mathematics series takes this concept to heart by preparing students for real-world situations that will require a basic knowledge of math skills in order to solve the problem.

Our Unique Format
Our format relies on preparing students for the real world. The task sheets contain challenging problem-solving questions, many centered around ‘real-world’ ideas or problems, which push the boundaries of critical thought and demonstrate to students why mathematics is important and applicable in the real world. The drill sheets are provided to help students with their procedural proficiency skills, and are presented in two formats: warm-up and timed. The warm-up drills are designed to ease students into a particular concept. The timed drills allow students to compete against the clock and further develop their procedural fluency. All of the activities in our resources culminate in a final exam. In this case, we offer a review of all the concepts presented in the unit. Teachers can grade their students progress with the provided assessment rubric.

Get started with our Mathematics program by previewing some FREE sample activities taken from our ready-made lesson plans available at our FREE CONTENT page.

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