New Jersey Student Learning Standards
Deidre Richardson, Coordinator
"The principles for school mathematics address the overarching themes of equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment and technology. (NCTM, 2000)
Equity: Excellence in mathematics education requires equity – high expectations, worthwhile opportunities, accommodation for differences, resources, and strong support for all students.
Curriculum: A coherent curriculum effectively organizes standards and mathematical ideas, focuses on important mathematics, and is well articulated within and across grades.
Teaching: Effective standards-aligned mathematics instruction is a complex endeavor that requires understanding what students know and need to learn, and then challenging and supporting them to learn it well. Effective teaching requires continually seeking improvement.
Learning: Conceptual understanding is an important component of proficiency. Students must learn mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge. Learning with understanding is essential to enable students to solve the new kinds of problems they will inevitably face in the future.
Assessment: Standards-aligned assessment, a routine part of ongoing classroom activity, should enhance students' learning and inform instructional decisions.
Technology: Technology, not to be used as a replacement for basic understandings and intuitions, is an essential tool in teaching and learning mathematics; it influences the mathematics that is taught, supports visualization, facilitates organizing and analyzing data, and offers efficient computation."
The instructional goal of the Southampton math curriculum is to promote an understanding of mathematical concepts to allow students to apply their skills and knowledge. The curriculum focuses on daily problem-based interactive math learning followed by visual learning strategies to deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through every lesson. Ongoing diagnosis and intervention and daily differentiation ensure that Go Math! gives every student the opportunity to succeed.
In addition, we use several online programs to supplement and enhance student learning. Reflex Math is used in Grades 3-8 to improve math fluency and automaticity, and Starfall is used in grades K-2 to reinforce basic skills and introduce new concepts. In addition, upper elementary students also take advantage of a program called IXL, which provides interactive math problems aligned to NJSLS-Math.