## Math

#### Mathematics Vision for Stamford Public Schools

All SPS students will participate in a rigorous, standards-based mathematics program and will be prepared for college-level mathematics coursework and competition in the global workforce.

#### Guiding Principles

- Higher-level mathematics for everyone
- Learning mathematics by doing mathematics
- Student-centered teaching and learning
- Systematic, on-going job-embedded learning opportunities for teachers
- High Quality Mathematics Learning and Instruction

**Teachers will:**

- Project a belief that all students can successfully achieve in mathematics
- Acknowledge divergent ideas of and multiple perspectives by students
- Shift from a traditional approach to mathematics to a more student-centered approach
- Receive ongoing, embedded content and instructional professional development
- Identify and emphasize interdisciplinary connections
- Provide assessment of and assessment for student learning
- Infuse instructional technology to enhance instruction and learning

**Students will:**

- Learn by doing through the use of manipulatives, interactive technology or other mathematics tools in the classroom
- Work both individually and collaboratively with a partner or in a group
- Be engaged in and actively do mathematics
- Maintain mathematics journals
- Be independent learners and thinkers
- Use technology for learning

#### Traditional vs. Student-Centered Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

Traditional Math Instruction | Student-Centered Math Instruction |
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Students work individually | Students work in pairs and groups as well as individually |

Students discuss only the answer to the problem | Students discuss mathematical ideas and processes to understand the “how” and “why” of mathematics |

Students are shown one way to solve a problem (the algorithm) | Students use a variety of materials to develop their own mathematical understanding |

Math problems and examples do not always relate to the real world or to the way students think about mathematics | There is a focus on making sense of the math and how it applies to real world situations |

Procedural knowledge is emphasized | There is a balance between procedural and conceptual knowledge |

Teacher leads, directs, or dictates | Teacher facilitates and guides |

Some students are “good” at math and others just are not | All students are capable of succeeding in mathematics |