# Elementary Mathematics

# It's Pfoundational!

## Our Elementary Math Instructional Core

## Core Beliefs

### We Believe

- equity in mathematics education requires high expectations for all student learners and strong support in a student-centered, differentiated classroom environment
- all students should be provided a math curriculum which is coherent, well articulated, and integrates TEKS aligned real-world mathematical problem situations
- students learn mathematics best by using their schema to make connections to new learning, using critical reasoning and higher level thinking skills
- students should engage in individual and group task at various levels of Webbâ€™s Depth of Knowledge
- assessment methods should measure the level of mastery of mathematical concepts and serve as feedback that fosters growth for students
- technology is an essential tool in teaching and learning mathematics
- students should have daily opportunities to write and collaborate with others to express and grow their math knowledge
- the use of math manipulatives is critical for students in Pre-K-5 mathematics to develop conceptual understanding of math content

**Vision**

PfISD mathematicians will leave elementary school understanding that arithmetic is as foundational to mathematics as spelling is to writing.

(2004-2016 Illana Weintraub)

**Mission**

The mission of Pflugerville ISD elementary mathematics is to develop young mathematicians that are able to use number sense, problem solving, reasoning skills, academic vocabulary, and discourse to engage in content and the world of mathematics around them.

**Math Philosophy Statement**

In mathematics, young mathematicians should have many opportunities for exploring, reasoning, visualizing, and problem solving with the goal of communicating mathematical relationships both verbally and written. To prepare PfISD elementary mathematicians for post-secondary life experiences and a world of technology influenced careers, the math department offers student-centered research-based best practices curriculum, instruction, tasks, and assessments that are equitable, and afford all students opportunities to think critically, reason effectively, and become efficient problem solvers.

Fundamental Five is the PfISD Instructional Approach.

The Fundamental Five are the five critical practices that are at the core of highly effective instruction.

Watch this short video to learn the components of Fundamental Five!

Watch this video to learn more about the math instructional resources that are available to you and how to access them!