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    PHILOSOPHY
    Math High quality mathematics curriculum and instruction engages hands, minds and intellect through authentic, active learning that supports each student to achieve personal success. These learning experiences, assessed through a variety of methods, bridge the concrete and abstract by applying critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies in meaningful and relevant situations. Through the understanding of mathematical concepts and reasoning, every student will be prepared to communicate effectively using the language of mathematics as a tool to meet future challenges.
    QUESTIONS?
    Mary Kemper
    Director of Mathematics
    Phone  214-496-7008
    Email  mkemper@coppellisd.com

    Mary Ann Libby
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone  214-496-7008
    Email  mlibby@coppellisd.com
    GUIDING PRINCIPLES
    1. Mathematics instruction is driven by data gained from valid and reliable research-based tools
    Arrow  Through analysis of a variety of formal and informal assessments, teachers develop short and long term goals for student growth based on patterns in the data

    2. Mathematics curriculum and instruction must be rigorous and relevant in order to develop conceptual understanding and skills
    Arrow  Mathematics relates to other content areas
    Arrow  Strands in mathematics are connected
    Arrow  Vertical and horizontal alignment is crucial when developing mathematical literacy
    Arrow  Mathematics develops higher level thinking
    Arrow  Teaching methods include multiple strategies such as:
    Arrow2  Inquiry-based instruction
    Arrow2  Learner-centered Instruction
    Arrow2  Multiple resources
    Arrow2  Hands-on learning
    Arrow2  Students and teachers use technology as instructional tools


    3. Mathematics prepares students to be life-long, global learners
    Arrow  Students understand the power of mathematics and utilize it to be:
    Arrow2  Problem solvers
    Arrow2  Communicators
    Arrow2  Collaborators
    Arrow2  Users of technology
    Arrow2  Self-reflective thinkers
    INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
    Arrow  Instructional resources should support students as they problem solve, communicate, collaborate, utilize technology and self-reflect.
    Arrow  Instructional resources should have a clearly defined purpose and educational value
    Arrow  Instructional resources will include opportunities for:
    Arrow2  authentic learning and real world experiences
    Arrow2  questions and problems that are open-ended and support multiple solution strategies and outcomes
    Arrow2  challenging content that requires higher level thinking and appeal to students’ different interest and abilities
    Arrow2  differentiated instruction
    Arrow2  learner-centered strategies which promotes sharing and exploring ideas
    Arrow2  creativity and self expression
    Arrow2  application of prior knowledge and learning in unpredictable situations
    Arrow2  grade-level appropriate vocabulary that scaffolds content/concepts vertically
    Arrow2  comparison to non-examples
    Arrow2  students to document thinking and justify their thought processes
    Arrow2  student self-reflection of academic and non-academic skills
    REFERENCES
    Arrow  Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published by NCTM (2000)
    Arrow  Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, adopted by the THECB (2009) 
    Arrow  State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)
    Arrow  Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, published by NCTM (2006)
    Arrow  Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points document (grades K-8), published by TEA (2013)
    Arrow  CISD Strategic Plans (District, CHS, Middle School)
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