Teaching Mathematics to Inspire
We teach to help our students cultivate their talents, their character and their aspirations.
- We want our students to develop essential habits of mind, a curiosity, and the confidence which will prepare them to be successful as they progress to learn about more sophisticated mathematical ideas.
- We want our students to not just learn how to come up with answers through the manipulation of numbers and symbols; more importantly, we want our students to believe that mathematics makes sense.
- We want to nurture in our students the belief that mathematics is a valuable tool that can be used to make sense of the world and to make informed decisions in their lives.
- We want to motivate our students and help them to realize that they can be successful in mathematics and to choose to pursue further studies of mathematics.
We teach so that our students come to realize and appreciate both the utility and the beauty of mathematics. We teach to inspire!
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: it’s not just a new list of stuff to cover
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a call to take another leap forward in our efforts toward ensuring that all of our students graduate from high school College and Career Ready. Along with the content standards, the CCSS place equal emphasis on the Standards for Mathematical Practice which describe the processes, proficiencies and habits of mind that we need to help students develop expertise with throughout grades K-12.
Please use the valuable resources here in the Standards Toolkit to learn about the CCSS and to support your efforts to design learning opportunities that promote student achievement of the learning targets in the CCSS.