# Mathematics

**Philosophy, Grades PreK-8**

The Brockton Public Schools' Mathematics Program, PreK-8, will provide all students with access to the richness of mathematical and technological resources. Through hands-on learning, students will be able to apply mathematical principles to solve problems in their daily lives.

The program goals are to

• promote excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

• implement the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework.

• increase awareness and use of technology in the learning process.

• enhance systemic change in the school district by implementing methodologies and strategies to embrace all learning styles.

In mathematics, students concentrate on making connections and using principles of mathematics to communicate, reason, make representations, and solve problems. In addition to emphasizing the development of computation skills, students engage in projects which require them to apply number systems, operations, and formulas in real-world contexts. The use of manipulatives and technology further supports student learning as students explore the world of numbers, algorithms, patterns, shapes, data, and spatial sense. Students engage in activities which require them to make sense of real-world data, use manipulatives as representative objects, conceptualize the symbolic value of numbers in various forms, perform operations with numbers, and articulate and justify solutions to problems.

**Philosophy, Grades 9-12**

The Brockton Public Schools' Mathematics Program, 9-12, will provide all students with access to the richness of mathematical and technological resources. Through hands-on learning, students will be able to apply mathematics principles to solve problems in their daily lives.

The program goals are to

• promote excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

• implement the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework.

• increase awareness and use of technology in the learning process.

• enhance systemic change in the school district by implementing methodologies and strategies to embrace all learning styles.

• employ objectives identified through PIMS to improve student learning.

• continue implementation of the literacy objectives to reinforce the mathematics concepts.

In mathematics, students concentrate on making connections and using principles of mathematics to communicate, reason, and solve problems. Students engage in projects which require them to apply mathematics to real-world contexts. The use of technology further supports student learning. Brockton's Mathematics Program allows students to explore the world of numbers, algorithms, patterns, shapes, data, and spatial sense. Students engage in activities which require them to make sense of real-world data, conceptualize the symbolic value of numbers in various forms, perform operations with numbers, and articulate and justify solutions to problems. The program emphasizes the need for students to make mathematical connections and to use mathematics principles to communicate, reason, and solve problems.

The Brockton Public Schools Mathematics Program, 9-12, adopts the vision of the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework that "all students in the Commonwealth will achieve mathematical power through problem solving, communication, reasoning, and connections." The Program also embraces the Framework's Guiding Principles.