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Mathematics

Director of Mathematics: Mary Alice Murdoch

photo of Mary Alice Murdoch

Telephone: 781-314-5513


Mathematics Department Goals

1.  Offer high quality math instruction to all students leading to mathematical proficiency. (Mathematical proficiency refers to conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, competence in application, the ability to connect knowledge, and a productive disposition.) 

2.  Establish a student-centered mathematics learning environment with a focus on student understanding.  (A student-centered learning environment is one with active learners that includes the use of written and oral communication, real-world connections, cooperative learning strategies, differentiated instruction, multiple forms of feedback, and effective questioning.)

3.  Use data to improve learning for all students. (Using data refers to the process of developing professional learning communities that look at a variety of different kinds of data including formative and summative assessments, identify the causes of problems seen in the data, and implement research-based instructional improvements.)


Summer Elementary Mathematics


Helpful Links:

Elementary Mathematics

Middle School Mathematics

High School Mathematics

Mathematics Department Happenings

Mathematics Curriculum 

Math in Focus Professional Learning Network

Laying the Foundation Math Teacher Forum


Mathematics School Committee Presentation 2013 Adobe pdf document

Curriculum Letter to Parents Adobe pdf document


Math in Focus is our new Elementary Mathematics Program

Teachers need to apply for an ActivInspire Personal Edition License and then forward the response from Promethean to the Help Desk along with the Red Tag number on their computer, as well as their school.  Note: remove the FW: from the subject line when forwarding the e-mail to the Help Desk.  In the application, under "Flipchart title/s the consent is being sought for", state Houghton Mifflin's Math in FocusRegister at Promethean Planet

  


Elementary Report Card

Elementary Math Report Card Letter English Adobe pdf document 

Elementary Math Report Card Letter Spanish Adobe pdf document


National Mathematics Information

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Resources for the New 2011 Mathematics Standards  

MA 2011 Mathematics Standards PK-12 (Standards Document)  Adobe pdf document

MA 2011 Mathematics Standards PK-12 (How to read the standards, grade level emphasis, and what is new to each grade level.)  Adobe pdf document

Other Massachusetts Common Core Standards Documents can be found at this site.

Key Points in Mathematics

 


Software to Support Instruction

ActivInspire Personal Edition License (K-5) Teachers need to apply for an ActivInspire Personal Edition License and then forward the response from Promethean to the Help Desk along with the Red Tag number on their computer, as well as their school name.  Note: remove the FW: from the subject line when forwarding the e-mail to the Help Desk.  In the application, under "Flipchart title/s the consent is being sought for", state Houghton Mifflin's Math in Focus.

PC Recommended Spec

PC Minimum Spec

Geogebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for learning and teaching. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA.See also Geo wiki where teachers can share and learn together.

Geometer's SketchPad 4 is available for middle school and high school students and teachers(from a computer on the school network):
Select Start - Run and then type the path:  \\wanserver08\applications$\SketchPad4.bat  and then select OK.

Free SketchPad Activities

SketchPad Exchange - a learning community

Geometer's SketchPad Online Tutorials

Free Webinars

Green Globs and Graphing Equations is available for middle and high school students and teachers from a computer on the school network)
Select Start - Run and type the path:  \\wanserver08\applications$\gg&ge.bat and then select OK.

Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/< Contact Help Desk< (5485) for installation.

Software to Support Student Learning in Math

Successmaker Successmaker login Successmaker Blog Post

Study Island

@yourlibrary - math websites


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