## 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 caught at the high school. The study of pre-algebra and the middle level prepares students for a successful transition to high school mathematics.

Students begin their study of mathematics in Grade 6 in an unleveled classroom. In this transitional year, all students review and extend the mathematical concepts introduces in Grades K-5. Students demonstrate the necessary mastery of skills and knowledge that are essential for success in the subsequent years at the middle school. Mathematics 6 begins the transition from concrete learning to the learning of abstract concepts.

An important part of student mathematical work in the middle grades is the Massachusetts Standards of 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. 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.

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 in situations in other classes. The skills of analysis, synthesis, and generalization are the expected outcomes.

Calculators are an essential part of the middle school mathematics program. Students will use calculators to study certain mathematical topics where tedious computation detracts from the learning of concepts and development of problem-solving strategies. Calculators will not be used for all units. Mathematical competency should not be dependent upon the use of a calculator. Tammy Ghizzoni Curriculum Coordinator 6-8 Tammy_Ghizzoni@needham.k12.ma.us 781.455.0455 x234 High Rock 781.455.0480 x325 Pollard

 Cluster Teacher Email Address 1 Sarah Carmine Sarah_Carmine@needham.k12.ma.us 2 Barbara Manley Barbara_Manley@needham.k12.ma.us 3 Paul Liner Paul_Liner@needham.k12.ma.us 4 Jonathan Glover Jonathan_Glover@needham.k12.ma.us 5 Joanna Murphy Joanna_Murphy@needham.k12.ma.us

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