Math

Music Notes Math Sensation at PMS

On Tuesday October 7th, PMS students enjoyed three grade-level concerts performed by the fabulous Mr. QUE, Mr. D, and Jimmy​ P​ of Music Notes.  The math educator rappers taught students about integers, the order of operations, graphing in the coordinate plane, the area of a triangle​, and more​​, encouraging all kids to be a ​”math sensation”. …

The “Counterfeit Bill” Math Problem

According to George Polya, famous mathematician, “A problem is not a problem if you can solve it in 24 hours.”  This month, over 200 PUSD 5th graders, their teachers, and parents were given a math problem that they continued to debate, long after 24 hours had passed.  Give it a try and see what answer…

Piloting Math Curriculum K-8

This year PUSD is undergoing the process of adopting math curriculum that aligns to the Common Core Math Standards.  An essential part of the process is piloting new instructional materials.  To start the year, K-2 math teachers are piloting EDM4, the Common Core version of Everyday Math, our current math adoption.  Teachers in 3rd, 4th,…

Hour of Code, for Teachers

Last year over half of PUSD students participated in the Hour of Code, an introduction to programming and computational thinking. As part of the Education Speaker Series, Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, will be talking about coding, how it compliments our math and science instruction, what free curriculum available, and will walk us through some…

Summer Professional Development

The Summer of 2014 was a busy time for many teachers and administrators!  PUSD faculty members attended a variety of professional development sessions, including a week-long institute hosted by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and attended by teachers and administrators at all levels, 3 days of SpringBoard training attended by PMS math teachers, and a…