Math Department Philosophy

Math teaching and learning at ASA engages students in meaningful learning through individual and collaborative experiences that promote their ability to make sense of mathematical ideas and reason mathematically. All students have equitable access to high-quality math curriculum, effective teaching and learning, high expectations, and the support and resources needed to maximize their learning experience. The curriculum is a coherent and structured learning progression and develops connections among areas of mathematics and the real world. Tools and technology are strategically integrated as essential resources to help students learn, model mathematically, and construct viable arguments. Assessment precision provides evidence of proficiency, includes a variety of strategies and data sources, and informs feedback to students, instructional decisions, and program improvement. Our team’s shared professionalism is exhibited through individual and collective accountability for the mathematical success of every student and for personal and collective professional growth toward regular and repeated improvement in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

KEY: Guiding Principles - Math Practices 

Math Department Essential Agreements

  • Establish mathematics goals to focus on learning
  • Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem-solving
  • Use and connect mathematical representations
  • Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse
  • Pose purposeful questions
  • Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding
  • Support productive struggle in learning mathematics
  • Elicit and use evidence of student thinking