What you will find on this site... Common Intellectual Mission: Students are in untracked classrooms meaning all 9th graders take Integrated Math 1, 10th graders take Integrated Math 2 and so on. Within these classes the students explore math as a community with a de-emphasis on “answer getting” and greater emphasis on developing in the mathematical practices (perseverance, reasoning, precision, looking for structure, modeling, etc.) Personalization: HTH math classes challenge all learners through projects and open-ended problems that allow students to take their learning as far as they want or are willing to. Because math is not seen as a discrete set of topics to be “mastered”, students are encouraged and given chances to explore and connect math to their experiences and continually construct new knowledge. Adult World Connection: Our math students regularly connect their work to the world outside the classroom through modeling tasks and projects. Additionally, teachers take care to educate students on careers that require mathematical thinking and reasoning. Often guest speakers are asked to our classes to share how they use math on a regular basis. Teacher as Designer: High Tech High math teachers are program and curriculum designers and work with students to design the problems and projects at hand so that they stem from real questions the students are grappling with (like why do we need to learn math…). Our grades have suggested scope and sequences that give a loose blueprint for topics per grade level, but beyond that, the teacher is in charge of designing the projects and picking the problems that will meet the needs of the students throughout the year.
| standards align with HTH philosophies, projects, and problem-based instruction. In particular, we find the math practices to be particularly compelling and can be seen as a focal point of most of our math classes. You can read more about the common core standards at http://www.corestandards.org/.
High Tech High and common core? Some parts of the common coreMath in Projects: A project is applying theoretical academic knowledge to a real world situation and reporting that work out publicly. A superior math project...
New Assessments: The state of California has adopted the Smarter Balanced assessments that will be phased in during the 2014-2015 school year. High Tech High will participate in these tests, as do all public schools, but the "preparation" for them will come organically through meaningful projects and activities. Beyond the tests, HTH teachers are regularly pushing the boundaries on how we assess students. This page will give videos, pictures, and examples of both traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment. Teachers at HTH plan projects in a variety of ways. On this page you will find some resources for you as you begin planning your first project. |