Building Mathematical Thinkers!

posted Nov 14, 2016, 6:23 AM by Sandra Gassner

After careful vetting by district teachers and administrators, Bridges in Mathematics, second edition, is being rolled out as the new K-2 math program in district elementary schools. Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.

The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration, and taps into the intelligence strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

Bridges develops children’s mathematical thinking and reasoning abilities through age-appropriate problems and investigations in the areas of number, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement, data, and geometry. Some of these problems and investigations grow out of ventures into everyday life—reading stories, playing games, drawing pictures, building structures, and making collections—while others delve more deeply into the world of mathematics itself. Students are encouraged to explore, develop, test, discuss, and apply ideas; to see mathematics as something that is fluid, vibrant, creative, and relevant.

Teachers got right to work in September, setting up their classrooms to provide spaces for these explorations and most recently participated in a full day of professional development on the Bridges curriculum facilitated by our district math supervisor, Dr. Charlene Marchese and a representative from the program’s developer, The Math Learning Center.

An abundance of resources are available to families which allow them to support this new curriculum at home. From The Math Learning Center’s homepage, click on Support and slide down to Families – Bridges Second Edition. Here you will find overviews of each unit of study along with virtual versions of the visual models and manipulatives used in Bridges for use online or with an iPad. Links to age appropriate books which support math skills and links to online skills practice are included in these family resources.  


In keeping with the growth mindset we are working on in school, you can help at home, to build a Mathematical Mindset Community!