We believe students make sense of mathematics when they learn in an environment that focuses on new concepts and builds on mathematics they have previously explored. Math class is about developing a problem solving mindset. Learning mathematics is understanding, making connections, applying knowledge, and communicating ideas.
- Students learn best when the important mathematical ideas are embedded in engaging problems that they can explore, discuss, and reflect upon.
- Students progress in both math content (skills & knowledge) and math practices (habits & communication) at different rates.
- Students build flexible thinking by considering a variety of strategies as they move towards efficiency.
- Depth is much more important than speed or quantity.
- Everyone can learn math to the highest levels.
- Asking questions and making mistakes are valuable tools in brain growth and learning.
Math education is important to all people, not because they will see the same problems in the real world, but because they will have developed a problem solving mindset.