Math Department Philosophy
ASA teachers in K-12 mathematics courses use the AERO Common Core Plus standards as the basis for curricular planning and teaching. The curriculum is aligned for skill progression throughout all grade levels, starting with hands-on attainment in elementary followed by a sequential series of courses that begins in middle school and culminates with a study of calculus concepts. Students have ample opportunities to enhance learning through real-life application, mathematical writing, and the use of technology. We recognize that not all students progress at the same rate; therefore teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs, abilities, and learning styles of students.
Math Department Essential Agreements
- We will review the AERO Common Core Plus standards at the beginning of each year to check our alignment with the standards and any updates.
- For each concept studied, students will regularly demonstrate understanding of the relevant standards through real-life applications.
- Students will complete at least one written assignment each semester following the 6+1 traits of writing where developmentally appropriate.
- Grade level appropriate technology is used in math classes to facilitate learning throughout each quarter.
- Elementary students will learn to operate a simple calculator and appropriate computer software.
- Middle school and high school students will use appropriate computer software, including spread sheets and graphing calculators.
- Concept attainment will be through a grade level appropriate balance of hands-on activities and written skill applications.
- All teachers will differentiate instruction within their classroom in order to meet the needs, abilities, and learning styles of their students. High school students will have the opportunity to accelerate their math studies, based on teacher recommendation.