Our math curriculum at TBS is based in best practices from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards. We provide rich mathematical problems and hands-on manipulatives and games that help reason and build procedural fluency and conceptual understanding for number and operations, geometry, algebraic pattern-finding, data analysis, and measurement. Our focus is for students to be able to discover the beauty in math and explain their thinking.
The Montessori curriculum provides many concrete manipulatives that build the foundation of a student’s understanding including number sense, geometry, and sequence. Basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are routinely explored. More complex lessons involve discovery of odd and even numbers, number recognition through 1000, skip counting, and visual comparisons of large and small numbers.
Our framework for math curriculum is drawn from the guidelines provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). At TBS we recognize the five “content” strands of math (number & operations, geometry, measurement, algebra, data analysis & probability) and five “process” strands of math (problem solving, reasoning & proof, communication, connections, and representation.)
The 6th and 7th grade math programs use the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum, which moves from concrete concepts toward abstract concepts and applications. The curriculum challenges students to justify and explain their answers, describe their processes, and approach problems in a variety of ways. Students improve their curiosity, flexibility, and ability to take risks in problem solving. They learn the importance of being reflective about their thinking, and focus on making their mathematical thinking and learning visible.
The 7th grade pre-algebra curriculum engages students in problem solving that tackles graphing, geometry, proportional reasoning, number theory, and pattern recognition. Students use mathematical ideas and concepts to describe, analyze, and find solutions in our world. They hone the characteristics of successful problem-solvers: persistence, curiosity, flexibility, risk-taking, and reflection.
Eighth grade students take a full course of first-year algebra, including writing, graphing, and solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities. Students also get an introduction to more formal mathematical systems based on axioms and work to justify arithmetic steps as a lead-in to mathematical proofs.
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Paula Farmer, Director of Admissions
(510) 665-8800 Ext. 103
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