Math

Parent Math Nights: Doing the Math Your Children Do

A common theme this year for several parent math education nights and other meetings where our parents have been in attendance has been providing them with the opportunity to “do the math” that students are doing in their classrooms every day. If you didn’t attend the elementary parent math night in November or the middle school math night…

Why Do I Have to Explain my Mathematical Thinking?

“I hate math!”  “Math is too hard!” “Why do I have to explain my thinking?”  At every turn, students and now parents are asking this same question. Let’s step back a moment and remember our own frustration when we were in school and our teachers made us “show our work.”  In our day, “showing your…

Dec. 1st Parent Education Night – Common Core Math

On December 1st, the District held a parent education night concerning Common Core math.  This was the most recent in a series of parent meetings on this topic. Over 70 parents attended the parent education night, which was held in the PHS Library.  Although there have been many opportunities over the past year for parents…

Math, Math, and MORE Math!

Lots of work is happening in the area of math learning and instruction.  Here are a few of the highlights: Math Resources for Elementary Parents – On November 19th, approximately 60 elementary parents attended an evening event where they learned about 5 different math models and how teachers are utilizing these models to teach deeper conceptual…

Calling All Parents of Students in Grades 3-5!

Parents of students in grades 3-5 are invited to join us on November 19th from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Wildwood Auditorium to learn about several of the mathematical models being used to teach the Common Core Math Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  PUSD teachers, administrators, and staff from the Alameda County Office of…

Math Task Force November Progress Report

The Math Task Force (MTF) was created to help inform decisions, to be made by the PUSD Board of Education later this school year, about the implementation of Common Core Math in this district.  The MTF, which is made up of math teachers, parents, students, and administrators, is charged with considering and recommending options for…

Elementary Family Math Festivals

Come join us for some family math fun!  Wildwood hosted the first of the elementary family math festivals on October 14th, and it was a HUGE HIT!  The Wildwood Auditorium was packed with students in kindergarten through fifth-grade, along with their parents and siblings.  The math theme of the night was Number Sense, and students…

What’s a POM?

Problem of the Month (POM) The tri-school teaching staff attended a professional development session led by elementary specialists, Sarah Kingston and Jessica Roine, on Problem of the Month, an approach to providing differentiation for math problem-solving.  All students in kindergarten through fifth grade at all three elementary sites will be working on Level A of…

K-12 Math Teachers Unite

Elementary math specialists and secondary math teachers came together at the Professional Development day to learn several key math instructional practices presented by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).  These math practices, which include Problem of the Month, math talks, and a variety of assessments, given before, during, and after a math unit, are key…