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 high 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 any time, 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 Chapter 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 High Schools have adopted CPM as their core Math curriculum. This is utilized in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, and calculus. 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 take time and concepts must be revisited over time in order for learning to sick.

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, waiting 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 a whole-group discussion, call the closure.

Students in Unit 4 have the option of a Traditional Pathway that enrolls students in Algebra I as a freshman or Accelerated Pathways that enroll students in Geometry or Accelerated Algebra II as a freshman. Pathways and options are laid out in the table below.

Regardless of the pathway a student is on, we believe that all students should leave high school College and Career Ready. Therefore, we have multiple options for student sto either place into college-level math courses without remediation or take Advanced Placement courses in high school.

 

 

Resources for Families

Homework Help

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

 

Online Graphing Calculator

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

 

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