Math

Commitments:

We believe that all people are "math people" and that through hard work and responsive instruction, all students are able to learn math at a high level and grow. There are four basic tenets to math instruction in Unit 4 middle schools. They are:

  • Problem Based Learning - We believe that math is learned best when done in the context of real-world problems that are culturally relevant and accessible to all.
  • Collaboration - We believe that students learn best when they are working together to create understanding and solve meaningful problems. We hope that math class is a place where students learn that everyone has something to offer to the group.
  • Mixed, Spaced Practice - We believe in deep learning that can be recalled at anytime, not just for that specific chapter. Therefore, our topics have a cynical nature. If you see a new topic in Chapter 2, you will likely see homework problems on that content in Chapters 3 and 4 and you'll likely revisit that topic in a later chapter to deepen your understanding.
  • Individualized Instruction - We know that students do not all come to us with the same level of understanding. Therefore, we are committed to finding digital tools that individualize instruction and provide students with their own pathways to math achievement.

 

Curriculum:

Unit 4 Middle Schools have adopted CPM as their core curriculum. You can find more information at their website.  CPM was created in 1989 and is built on three core ideas:

  • students learn math most effectively in the context of real-world, culturally relevant problems
  • students learning can be enhanced when collaborating with peers on dynamic tasks that all learned can access and contribute to
  • mastery takes time and concepts must be revisited over time in order for learning to stick.

A typical CPM lesson has students collaborating in groups of four on a set of core problems. We believe every student has something to offer their group and must fulfill their role in order for the group to work successfully. The teacher will be purposefully circulating around the room while doing multiple things: listening to conversations, assessing students' understanding, watching how students collaborate, and deciding when and how to interject themselves into the discussion. At the end of the lesson, the teacher will bring the entire class together for whole-group discussion, called the closure.

Each of our middle schools offer a traditional pathway and an accelerated pathway. The traditional pathway prepares students to take Algebra I their freshman year in high school, while the accelerated pathway prepares students to take Algebra I during 8th grade. Placement is determined by students' RIT score on MAP. Families and students are able to appeal placement with their child's teacher if they feel they are not placed appropriately.

6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
 Traditional Pathway Course 1 Course 2 Course 3
 Accelerated Pathway Course 2 Course 3 Algebra I


Each of our classes have standards for learning based on the Common Core standards for Math.


Resources for Families:

HOMEWORK HELP from CPM

Is your child having trouble completing their CPM Math homework? Click below to find "hints" that might give them the help they need to complete their work!

 

Parent Guides

Does your child need support with a specific lesson? Would you like to see some example problems worked out or work through a problem set with your child, like in a more traditional math textbook?

Specific lessons in CPM have a corresponding Parent Guide lesson to help you support your child through learning or solidifying a skill.

 

Online Graphing Calculator

Desmos has a very functional graphing calculator for your students to graph functions, find solutions to equations, or do difficult calculations. It can be found here.

 

MAP Testing

Each year, students are assessed three times in math using NWEA MAP. This adaptive test gives students around 50 problems and is designed to get more difficult as students answer questions correctly and easier as students get questions incorrect. The test is designed so that students see content that they have not mastered yet and students will only get ~50% of the questions correct. Each student is then given a RIT score and a growth goal in order to earn one year of growth during each school year.

Curious about your child's current RIT score or past RIT scores? Feel free to ask their teacher!

Then, use the table below to see where your child's RIT score compares to the mean at each grade level.

 

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