Through analysis of a variety of formal and informal assessments, teachers develop short and long term goals for student growth based on patterns in the data
Mathematics relates to other content areasStrands in mathematics are connectedVertical and horizontal alignment is crucial when developing mathematical literacyMathematics develops higher level thinkingTeaching methods include multiple strategies such as:
Inquiry-based instructionLearner-centered InstructionMultiple resourcesHands-on learningStudents and teachers use technology as instructional tools.
Students understand the power of mathematics and utilize it to be:
INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCESProblem solversCommunicatorsCollaboratorsUsers of technologySelf-reflective thinkers
Instructional resources should support students as they problem solve, communicate, collaborate, utilize technology and self-reflect.
Instructional resources should have a clearly defined purpose and educational value
Instructional resources will include opportunities for:
authentic learning and real world experiencesquestions and problems that are open-ended and support multiple solution strategies and outcomeschallenging content that requires higher level thinking and appeal to students’ different interest and abilitiesdifferentiated instructionlearner-centered strategies which promotes sharing and exploring ideascreativity and self expressionapplication of prior knowledge and learning in unpredictable situationsgrade-level appropriate vocabulary that scaffolds content/concepts verticallycomparison to non-examplesstudents to document thinking and justify their thought processesstudent self-reflection of academic and non-academic skills
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published by NCTM (2000)
Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, adopted by the THECB (2009)
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)
Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, published by NCTM (2006)
Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points document (grades K-8), published by TEA (2013)
CISD Strategic Plans (District, CHS, Middle School)
Strategic Objective/Goal 1: We will effectively deliver a rigorous and relevant curriculum using technology, assessment data and other effective instructional strategies to engage all learners in meaningful learning experiences.
5. Ensure assessment tools provide relevant data that drives classroom instruction and continue to be the best choice for the district
6. Provide CISD teachers and administrators with training of effectively using data and assessment tool
8. Increase connections between real world experiences and authentic classroom instruction
12. Provide K-12 diverse experiences and opportunities through differentiated instruction to generate student awareness of personal interests for self empowerment and pursuit of personal passions while engaging in their own learning