We enjoyed seeing so many of you at math night! For those who missed it and would like to see what was covered, the presentation is here. Also, here’s a general overview of our main themes for each year of math at SGS:
SGS takes a balanced approach to math instruction, with both computational skills and conceptual understanding being emphasized throughout. Our classes are untracked and heterogeneous, and students spend some of their class time working collaboratively on difficult tasks. We are developing mathematical thinkers for the 21st Century, and we realize that our approach may feel unfamiliar to some students and parents. Some great resources for parents who want to learn more:
- Jo Boaler’s Mathematical Mindsets book. Everyone who cares about math education should read this book. Here’s a review and a link to a sample chapter. A very readable overview of the research around teaching and learning math, by a leading scholar.
- Common Core Math for Parents for Dummies by Christopher Danielsen, who also blogs about Talking Math with Your Kids. A short, practical guide that provides context for the goals behind the Common Core Standards, as well as specific tips for supporting students when they come to you with homework questions. While SGS is not bound by the Common Core Standards as an independent school, our students are very well prepared for Common Core-based math classes in high school.
Parents sometimes express concern about their daughters’ fluency with arithmetic. This is something we address in class through number talks and ample opportunities to apply arithmetic, but sometimes students and families want guidance on what more to do at home to shore up those arithmetic skills. Playing games is a great way to do this. Check out the Prime Climb board game, for example. There are also some great apps that are worth checking out: try Wuzzit Trouble for general number sense, and (if you’re an iOS user) some of the Motion Math games for integers and proportional reasoning.