Learning practices that foster a growth mindset and curiosity are integral to the classroom mathematics community. Students are encouraged to take risks, make mistakes, explore, communicate, problem solve, reason and justify their thinking so that they are able to make sense of mathematics at the deepest levels. Through these experiences, students develop an appreciation for the beauty and creativity inherent in the field of mathematics.
Havens Elementary School uses Bridges in Mathematics, including Number Corner, as its core curriculum. Bridges is a comprehensive K-5 curriculum that equips the teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.
The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex and novel problems. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.
Teachers also enrich their classroom math programs with resources from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative, Jo Boaler’s “youcubed”, Math Forum and Nrich.maths to name a few. These programs, along with the Bridges curriculum provide many avenues for differentiation to meet student needs.
Jessica Roine, Havens Math Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org