Elementary Mathematics Curriculum
“Bridges in Mathematics" was implemented for elementary grades K-5 in 2020-21 school year.
After a year-long review process, this program was determined to best meets the focus, coherence, and rigor required by the math standards. The program provides multiple avenues for differentiation within the classroom. It blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It has a fully developed and aligned intervention program to complement the core program. The focus on developing complex mathematical understanding, building flexible and efficient mathematical strategies, and developing students’ problem-solving abilities through discourse will result in students being well prepared for junior high and beyond.
Junior High Textbook Update
The junior high implemented in 2020-21 an updated version of its existing curriculum, “Big Ideas: Modeling Real Life.” This is the same publisher used by Districts 27, 30, and 31. The new edition incorporates the best aspects of the previous edition, including a balance of direct instruction and student investigation. The new edition incorporates real-world and relatable scenarios to develop students’ problem-solving skills. Explorations launch each lesson and build student understanding, using more hands-on and visual modeling experiences. Opportunities for students to self-assess are incorporated into each lesson. Additional practice activities provide teachers more options to differentiate classwork and homework. The digital platform and tools have been enhanced, making it easier for teachers and students to navigate. It includes more interactive explorations for students and a more robust assessment system. Teachers can customize home practice. In addition, students can access new tutorial videos and can get support on their homework from a live tutor.”
Currently, the “Big Ideas: Modeling Real Life” edition is available for all of the middle-level math courses (on-grade level, single, and double accelerated). The textbooks for the Algebra 1 and Geometry courses are currently being revised by the publisher and will be available for the 2021-2022 school year.