Philosophical Basis For Brighton's K-12 Math Program
- Mathematics can and must be learned by all students. Mathematics education requires high expectations and strong support for all students to be successful and meet their full potential.
- A mathematics curriculum should be coherent and well articulated across the grades. The curriculum should guide students to increasing levels of sophistication and depth of knowledge.
- A mathematics curriculum should support development of thinking and reasoning skills while focused on important mathematical ideas.
- The mathematics curriculum should support the communication of ideas through reading, writing, and discussion.
- Students must learn mathematics with conceptual understanding to enable them to solve the new kinds of problems the rapidly changing world presents.
- Assessment should be an ongoing classroom activity that supports the learning of mathematics and informs instruction.
- Effective teaching requires that the teacher knows and understands mathematics, knows and understands the developmental stages of learners, and knows and employs a variety of instructional strategies.
- Technology should be used in mathematics education as a teaching tool to enhance student learning, but not as a replacement for basic understanding and computational fluency.
Mathematical Goals for BCSD Students:
Students will meet and exceed New York State Standards in mathematics understanding.
- Students will be enrolled in a math course every year through graduation.
- All students will be successful on the Integrated Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II Regents exam.
- Increase participation in college math study.
Mathematical Resources for Specific Grade Levels: