The Mathematics department develops critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and problem-solving skills in its students through an integrated mathematics curriculum that emphasizes student-centered teaching methodologies, real world applications, and the appropriate use of technology.
The Mathematics Department will...
...create an active learning environment for all its students through the prevalent use of student-centered discovery exercises and cooperative learning strategies.
... foster a deep understanding of mathematical concepts at each grade level by using computers and graphing calculators to solve problems, analyze data, explore patterns, and communicate results.
...promote quantitative literacy and problem-solving skills by frequently using applications from the natural and social sciences, and requiring at least one research project at each grade level.
...establish objectives, select supportive materials, and design assessment instruments in each math course based on a constructivist-learning model, where students build deep understanding through explanation, interpretation, experimentation, application, and reflection.
...publish an integrated model for the mathematics curriculum that identifies key threads and topics that are developed and extended in a progressive flow through consecutive courses. ...employ a wide variety of methods including tests, homework, class work, research reports and oral presentations to assess student levels of critical thinking, quantitative literacy, and problem-solving skills.
...maintain fair and equitable grading practices by aligning assessment techniques with teaching methodologies, and by clearly specifying how students will be assessed in each mathematics course.
...offer a variety of mathematics courses so that students at every ability level have the opportunity to continue and succeed in their mathematics education.
...encourage its faculty members to attend mathematics conferences, enroll in educational courses, and pursue other professional development opportunities that directly support the department's mission and goals.
...strive continuously to make improvements in its curriculum and teaching methods, and annually assess the effectiveness and suitability of all its programs in achieving institutional and departmental goals.