What We Teach
In a GMS math class, students investigate, communicate, and solve problems; they discover connections between concepts through deep exploration, not through the memorization of algorithms. Group conversations are central to our curriculum, College Preparatory Mathematics. These discussions uncover multiple solving strategies, representations, and ways of thinking.
Sixth grade is a foundational year; students learn to articulate their reasoning, which helps build their number sense. In seventh grade, students continue to develop their problem solving, proportional reasoning, and abstract algebraic understanding. Emphasis is placed on a foundation of linear equations and geometric relationships. By the end of eighth grade, all students complete the equivalent of a Common Core State Standards High School Algebra I course, which includes linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, as well as the modeling of single and bi-variate data.
Why We Teach It
The math department teaches the way we do because we want to encourage an enthusiasm towards math. We intentionally create meaningful experiences in the classroom that lead students to discover and understand underlying mathematical principles. We want all students to appreciate the inherent beauty of math; through collaboration in class, we hope to foster a sense of wonder and fun!
Every day, we aim for students to:
- Be pattern seekers and view the world through “math eyes.”
- Use the following five ways of thinking to approach mathematics – justifying, generalizing, making connections, reversing thinking, and applying and extending understanding.
- Grow in the critical areas identified by the Common Core as outlined below.
- 6th and 7th grade: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
- 8th grade: Algebra, Functions, and Statistics and Probability.
- Develop mathematical reasoning skills and persevere in solving complex problems. Effectively communicate their thinking about mathematical concepts in written, oral, and graphic form.