Why the IM curriculum?

EHHS is using the Illustrative Mathematics Curriculum in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 starting in the 2019-2020 school year. After years of supplementing the Holt curriculum to better address our students' needs and teaching philosophy with IM materials, we now have access to the cohesive IM curriculum.

Illustrative Mathematics is a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a world where learners know, use and enjoy mathematics. This open-source curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Each class has the same content as the equivalent BHS class.

The IM Curriculum is designed to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Lessons are designed to maximize engagement and accessibility for all students. Mathematical concepts are introduced simply, concretely, and repeatedly, with complexity and abstraction developing over time. Practice problems are spiraled throughout giving students ongoing practice which also supports procedural proficiency. Digital tools are embedded within the curriculum, as a drop down menu in the online text, and some problems will require thier use.

IM and EHHS believe that every student is capable of learning high level mathematics. Research has shown multiple strategies to increase access to mathematical thinking and interest and to decrease anxiety in math classes for all students. Some of the strategies are making mathematics visual, instructional routines (like Which one doesn't belong? and Math Talks), and using rich problems that have multiple access points and more than one solution. EHHS has been working to include these strategies. This curriculum has been built on these strategies. Annie is excited to focus on implementing the strategies.

Students: please add the Student Online Textbook to your bookmarks.