Math classes aren't just about being fast at times tables or finding x.  They're about learning how to look at a situation, analyze and assess the information available, and determine the best method for finding a solution.  The logic processing we learn through math helps in all areas of our lives.

To help students develop these important skills we focus on these eight practices.
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for a express regularity in repeated reasoning.


  • To be successful in any mathematics class you take:
    • Attend class on a regular basis.
    • Be involved in the class. Math is not a spectator sport! 
    • Take time to do your homework and do it on time. When you are not keeping up with the class, it becomes more difficult to follow the instructor's explanation and to read the book.
    • Make friends in class. Classmates can make great study partners, take notes for you when you must be absent, and encourage you when you experience difficulty. 
    • Seek assistance. Sometimes, even when you attend class regularly, take careful notes, study your textbook and do all your homework, you still find that you do not understand certain concepts. Get a pass to come to advisory or come in after school for one-to-one tutoring.  
    • Be neat, accurate and well organized. 
    • Persevere. An interesting characteristic of learning mathematics is that at one moment you may feel totally confused, and then suddenly the light bulb goes on and you understand! Some mathematical concepts take time to digest and you might find that after a few days of working some of the exercises, they finally start to make sense.
    • Tell yourself what you have learned. Sometimes when math or life seems hard, looking back on our achievements can show how far we've come and give us encouragement to press forward.
    Posted Jan 21, 2016, 7:01 AM by Susan Gossling
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