Math

Common Core Math: Differentiated Learning

Differentiation is an area of focus for the District.  In addition to the new PMS math website, teachers of all content areas are working on developing and refining strategies for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners.  Last year, a group of teachers and administrators attended a national conference on differentiated learning.  This year,…

Common Core Math: Secondary Math Textbook Adoption

Since 2013, Piedmont Unified has been working toward the full implementation of teaching the Common Core Math Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice.  Currently our students in kindergarten through 9th grade are enrolled in Common Core-aligned math classes. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice promote a deeper understanding of mathematics and require students to solve…

Common Core Math: New Online Math Resources Offer Differentiation Tools for PMS Students

by Lucas Denman Recently, the Piedmont Middle School math department has begun to develop a new website for students.  The website,mathhorizon.org, will offer a variety of extension activities and problems for students to browse through and explore. These activities will focus on real-world applications of mathematics, modeling, problem-solving, and reasoning.  Students will learn more about…

Elementary Math Curriculum: Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner

On May 13th, the PUSD Board of Education adopted Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner as the new Common Core aligned math curriculum for all elementary students, grades TK-5. Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner (2nd edition) is a comprehensive Common-Core aligned math curriculum. Teachers who piloted Bridges and Number Corner describe the curriculum as…

Connected Learning in Action – Lucas Denman

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 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Though new math curriculum and adoption has been the focus of his department this year, 6th grade math teacher Lucas Denman has adopted the use of chromebooks in his 6th grade Common Core…

Common Core Math – Recommended Courses and Pathways

The California Department of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on August 2, 2010, with full implementation planned for the 2014-15 school year. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics replaced the California State Standards for Mathematics (1997). The CCSS require a specific sequencing of mathematics concepts, and demonstrated proficiency in applying those…

Dan Meyer Speaks to Piedmont Teachers

by Karen Bloom, PMS Math Teacher On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 right after school, a large group of Piedmont teachers were learning from Dan Meyer, self described worker, learner, go-getter, writer, speaker. He was a high school math teacher and is now on a mission to change the traditional “go over homework, teacher lecture, examples…

Spotlight on Common Core Math

The mathematics curriculum taught in the Piedmont Unified School District is changing due to California’s state-wide adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.  This special edition of the PUSD Spotlight is devoted to the changes now underway in the District’s math program, and issues to be decided in the coming months concerning the next phase…

Spotlight on PMS Math Educators

The key to successful implementation of Common Core Math is the educators.   David Foster, the Executive Director of SVMI, and District consultant Cheryl Holzmeyer, Ph.D., both emphasize that what matters most is the professional training and instructional practices of teachers, and classroom implementation.  As Foster has stated, “All that ever matters is teaching.” In…

Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor, Advocating for Change in U.S. Math Classrooms

How math is taught in the United States is a hot topic right now.  One well-respected researcher and educator speaking out on this topic is Stanford University, Professor of Mathematics, Jo Boaler. Several PUSD math teachers and administrators heard Dr. Boaler speak at the Northern California Math Council Conference in December and were inspired by her message:…