“Mathematics is an excellent vehicle for the development and improvement of a person’s intellectual competence” and “also a subject of enjoyment and excitement.”
– Singapore Ministry of Education 2006
The School District of Clayton’s balanced mathematics program challenges students to think deeply, construct arguments and work together to solve problems and generalize results. From kindergarten through eighth grade, students develop an extensive understanding of concepts by moving from the use of concrete to pictorial to abstract representations using the Math in Focus text series. In grades 9-12, students build upon this foundation with an increased focus on abstract thinking in preparation for college and career readiness. Central to all mathematics learning, all K-12 students participate in multi-step and non-routine problem solving. The K-12 mathematics curriculum effectively prepares students of all ages and abilities with the skills necessary to think critically, communicate effectively and accomplish real-world tasks.
Listed below are the Enduring Understandings of the Mathematics curriculum. These are statements that summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.
- Mathematics is a language of patterns and relationships.
- Physical situations can be modeled mathematically.
- Mathematical understanding is built through problem solving and reasoning.
- Problems can be approached from multiple perspectives.
- Mathematical ideas are communicated through a variety of representations.