Walled Lake Schools Mathematics

Program Overview

Mathematics is the science of patterns and relationships. It is the language and logic of our technological world. Mathematical understanding provides the ability to explore, to conjecture, to reason logically, and to use a variety of mathematical methods and tools to effectively solve problems. The ultimate goal of mathematics education is for all students to develop mathematical capabilities so they may participate fully as a citizen and contributor in our contemporary world. Our current math standards are more rigorous and demanding than ever. Students are expected to develop a deep understanding of concepts, fluency with facts and procedures, and the ability to clearly communicate their mathematical thinking. In Walled Lake Consolidated Schools, our goal is to develop mathematical concepts in a manner that is challenging and supported for all learners. We believe that all children can learn mathematics, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that this vision is realized.

The Michigan Math Standards call for a balance between procedural knowledge and conceptual understanding. The K-12 Standards for Mathematical Practice, shown below, are types of student expertise developed progressively in each grade-level course.

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics.

5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

6. Attend to precision.

7. Look for and make use of structure.

8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Ellen McDonald K-12Math & Science Coordinator EllenMcDonald@wlcsd.org

Jennifer LaCross K-12 Math & Science Instructional Coach jenniferlacross@wlcsd.org