K-4 Elementary Math
We continue to follow the latest research in developing and evolving our curriculum. Of special note this year is the advances we have made in our K-4 math programs. Our goal is to ensure that students leave CRS with a foundation of mathematical practices and habits which enable them to be advanced problem solvers.
The New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards defines eight mathematical practices. Our CRS students are guided through these standards by a focused, coherent, and rigorous K-5 mathematics curriculum known as Investigations 3. These process standards of problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections are embedded in our work with students.
But what is a mathematical habit? By definition, a habit is “an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.” We teach students to use a variety of problem-solving solving strategies such as: draw a picture, find a pattern, make a list, make a table, write an equation, break down a problem into smaller problems or simply guess and check. A student's ability to embrace these strategies and make them their “mathematical habits” is indicative of their ability to make sense of and solve more complex problems. For example, two students may get the right answer to the same problem or the same grade on a test. However, how they got to the answers really defines their ability to move on to more complex problems. Teachers evaluate students’ mathematical progress based on their “habits” as well as their grades.
Being conscious of this difference in our learners, we are employing programs and tools that utilize adaptive learning technologies. For example, Dreambox is an online K-8 math program that meets students at their performance level, personalizing instruction and targeting the individual needs of learners. It also extends learning beyond the classroom by encouraging and increasing family engagement. If you are interested in learning more about your child’s curriculum including ways you can support them at home, follow these links and select your child’s grade.
Stay tuned for more information on our math programs as we continue to build out our new website.