Math Department

Welcome to the Math Department!

The Middle School Mathematics Department aspires to equip students with the skills necessary to:
  • value mathematics and recognize its importance in real-life.
  • demonstrate confidence in their mathematical abilities.
  • develop into enthusiastic mathematical problem-solvers.
  • communicate mathematically both verbally and in writing.
  • reason mathematically.

The overarching goal of the Middle School Mathematics program is to provide a sequential transition between the basic arithmetic, geometric, statistical, and problem-solving skills studied in the elementary grades to the advanced mathematical skills of algebra, geometry, analysis, calculus, and statistics taught at the high school. The study of pre-algebra and algebra at the middle level prepares students for a successful transition to high school mathematics.


An important part of student mathematical work in the middle grades is the Massachusetts Standards for Mathematical Practice. These eight practices frame how teachers and students engage with school mathematics:
       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. Look for and make use of structure.
       5. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
       6. Model with mathematics.
       7. Use appropriate tools strategically.
       8. Attend to precision.

Whenever possible, the middle school teachers attempt to integrate the mathematics curriculum with other disciplines. This integration demonstrates to the students that all subjects are connected and not separate entities. In these units, students take knowledge learned in one subject and apply it to situations in other classes. The skills of analysis, synthesis and generalization are the expected outcomes.

Photo of Tammy Ghizzoni  Tammy Ghizzoni
Curriculum Coordinator, 6-8
tammy_ghizzoni@needham.k12.ma.us
781.455.0455 x234 High Rock
781.455.0480 x325 Pollard

 


 



 

 





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