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Mathematics Curriculum Framework
Achieving Mathematical Power - January 1996


"Achieving Mathematical Power through problem solving, communication, reasoning, and connections."

Guiding Principles of Mathematics Education

  1. Students explore mathematical ideas in ways that maintain their enjoyment of and curiosity about mathematics, help them develop depth of understanding, and reflect real-world applications.
  2. All students have access to high quality mathematics programs.
  3. Mathematics learning is a lifelong process that begins and continues in the home and extends to school and community settings.
  4. Mathematics instruction both connects with other disciplines and moves toward integration of mathematical domains.
  5. Working together in teams and groups enhances mathematical learning, helps students communicate effectively, and develops social and mathematical skills.
  6. Technology is an essential tool for effective mathematics education.
  7. Mathematics assessment is a multifaceted tool that monitors student performance, improves instruction, enhances learning, and encourages student self-reflection.

Habits of Mind: A Guide for Reflection

  • Working beyond the center of competence
  • Deepening mathematical understanding
  • Gaining an attitude of persistence
  • Integrating mathematics in a network of ideas
  • Valuing all dimensions of mathematics

Content in Mathematics

Students will use Problem Solving, Communicating, Reasoning, and Connecting to explore, develop, investigate, and know . . .

Number Sense

Concepts of Whole Number Operations, Fractions and Decimals, Estimation, Whole Number Computation, Number Systems and Number Theory, Discrete Mathematics, and Mathematical Structure

Patterns, Relations, and Functions

Relationships, Algebra, Trigonometry, and Conceptual Underpinnings of Calculus

Geometry and Measurements

Spatial Sense and Geometry from an Algebraic Perspective

Statistics and Probability

Gathering and Graphing Data, Chance, Simulations, and Theoretical Probability

Adult Basic Education

This framework includes discussion of Adult Basic Education throughout each of its components. It features separate and distinct learning standards and examples of student learning for each of the strands.

Last Updated: January 1, 1996
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