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Mathematics at Stanley BPS

Our math goals for Stanley graduates:

  • solve mathematical problems with a range of strategies that draw on critical and flexible thinking.
  • apply skills and strategies appropriate to the given problem.
  • pursue further mathematical studies working from a strong foundation of number sense and skill development
  • find enjoyment in the pursuit of mathematics and find relevance of math to their lives.
How our students reach these goals:
Stanley students learn that math is about not only getting the right answer but also understanding what that answer means.

We believe that a strong conceptual foundation must accompany number sense and precise computation skills. The Stanley K-8 math program aligns with NCTM and Common Core Math standards. Our curriculum charts outline grade level expectations in number sense, computation, geometry, measurement and data analysis. 

K-1-2: Mathematics is an integral part of the school day.  K-1-2 teachers teach math skills and concepts through meaningful and fun activities that engage children and help all children to feel successful as mathematicians.  As children draw, cook, build with blocks or fill containers at the water table, they compare shapes, sort, count, measure, and recognize reversibility and conservation.  Scheduled math times build on children's daily informal experiences.  Teachers follow the framework of the Investigations Math curriculum to guide their instruction. Our curriculum charts, which are based on national standards, identify specific grade level expectations in geometry, data analysis, algebraic concepts, number sense, measurement, and computation.

3-4-5: In the third, fourth, and fifth grade classrooms, children consolidate basic math skills learned in the younger grades and integrate new skills, particularly in multiplication, division, fractions, and geometry. They learn new math facts, including multiplication tables, which allow them to successfully integrate more complex operations. 

In 3-4-5, teachers use the Investigations curriculum to guide their instruction.  Frequently, children are asked to work in groups, learning new strategies from other children and consolidating their own beliefs through conversation.  Teachers utilize the constructivist approach to teach math, asking students to invent their own strategies to solve math problems.  Teachers develop hands on and real world activities to engage their students as mathematicians.  Math is taught 4 days a week for about an hour, during periods with a take out, allowing for very small teacher-to-student ratios.

6-7-8: Our middle school math program builds on the conceptual understanding established K-5 and prepares students for success in high school math classes. Students solidify and apply computational skills within real-life projects, and the curriculum incorporates algebraic thinking throughout the three years of middle school. Eighth graders typically follow a program that covers expectations for a traditional Algebra 1 course. Teachers use online resources to help differentiate and personalize math development in the middle school.


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