# Welcome to the VTSD Math Site

## Mission Statement

Learning mathematics is a process that requires active student involvement. Mathematics is best learned through activities that allow students to explore and understand the mathematics on their own. Activities such as simulating sine waves through a graphing calculator or folding conic sections on wax paper give students an opportunity to create the math with a more concrete understanding of the concepts.

The NCTM Standards emphasize the idea of mathematics as a thorough process, not just a body of knowledge. Mathematical communication, problem solving, reasoning, connections, and representation go beyond the math content itself. To teach for understanding, teachers must provide learning opportunities that allow inquiry and student involvement.

Our goal at VTSD is to prepare students in mathematics to meet the demands of a changing global economy. According to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, the mathematically proficient students will be able to:

- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model real-life applications using mathematics.
- Use Appropriate tools strategically.
- Attain to precision and accuracy.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.