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Mathematics

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In mathematics emphasis is placed on developing math skills that provide students with a depth of understanding, reflect practical application and connect to other content areas. As with reading and writing, students are grouped according to like need in math using a framework built on the development of math process and skills to enable more focused instruction, to allow the NJCCCS to be addressed at different levels of depth and to be completed by each student on a different timetable. The framework courses of study include Symbolize, Apply, Vary, Expand, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, and Consumer Mathematics. Students within each multi-aged class are placed in a course based on formal assessment, informal assessment and teacher recommendation. Emphasis is placed on both conceptual and linguistic models of learning. To achieve mastery of the language of math, students are taught using a multi-sensory approach. Instruction is concept based using a variety of manipulatives, shared inquiry and a high frequency of problem solving dialogue. Lessons are designed to reflect several levels of understanding; intuitive, concrete, pictorial, abstract, applications, and communication. The goal for all students is quantitative literacy as reflected in automaticity of the skills, facts and procedures of mathematic, and applying them to other mathematical ideas, to other disciplines and to real life at their individualized level. The research and strategies of Mahesh Sharma, founder of the Center For Teaching/Learning of Mathematics, serve as the foundation for the math curriculum.


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