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Making Math Meaningful with the Right Curriculum

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Does math have a PR problem? Today, in too many math classrooms, grumble and groan at the thought of equations on board and worksheets on their desks as they monotonously solve for x.

Math is exciting, meaningful, and important. But unfortunately, it’s not always represented as such. But, we can change that.

With the right curriculum taught in a exciting way. Students can learn that mathematics is more than just numbers and equations; it’s about understanding the world around us, solving problems, and developing critical thinking skills.

That’s where a curriculum like Illustrative Mathematics comes in – it’s all about making math meaningful.

Here’s how Illustrative Mathematics helps make math exciting for students, while also teaching them effectively.

Illustrative Mathematics Prioritizes Conceptual Understanding

To make math meaningful, students should do more than just memorize formulas and procedures. It’s about really understanding the why behind the math. That’s why Illustrative Mathematics places a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding. Instead of just telling students how to solve a problem, it empowers them to use their real-world experiences and knowledge to understand the underlying concepts. So, when they encounter a new problem, they can apply their learnings creatively.

Alignment with Standards

Educational standards provide a roadmap for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Illustrative Mathematics is closely aligned with all of the proper standards, ensuring that students are learning the skills they need to succeed. Further, in Kiddom, the curriculum is easily adjusted to meet your individual student, school, and/or district needs. This alignment helps teachers stay on track and ensures consistency across classrooms.

Illustrative Math uses Engaging Mathematical Tasks

Forget the days of boring textbook problems! Illustrative Mathematics brings math to life with rich, engaging tasks. These tasks challenge students to think critically, problem-solve, and apply their mathematical knowledge in real-world contexts. Whether it’s exploring patterns, solving puzzles, or analyzing data, these tasks make math exciting and relevant.

Accessibility and Differentiation

Every student learns differently, which is why it’s essential to make math accessible to all learners. Illustrative Mathematics provides strategies for differentiation, so teachers can meet the needs of every student in their classroom. Whether it’s through hands-on activities, visual aids, or personalized learning plans, every student has the opportunity to succeed.

Illustrative Math Fosters Mathematical Discourse

Math is not just about finding the right answer; it’s about understanding the process and communicating your reasoning. That’s why Illustrative Mathematics encourages mathematical discourse in the classroom. Students are encouraged to explain their thinking, justify their answers, and engage in meaningful discussions with their peers. This not only helps deepen their understanding but also builds important communication skills.

Support for Teachers

Teachers are the heart of any curriculum implementation, which is why Illustrative Mathematics provides extensive support and resources for educators. From professional development workshops to online forums, teachers have access to the tools and support they need to effectively implement the curriculum in their classrooms.

Research-Based Approach

Behind Illustrative Mathematics is a wealth of research and best practices in math education. The curriculum draws on the expertise of mathematicians, educators, and cognitive scientists to ensure that it’s not just effective but also grounded in sound pedagogy. This research-based approach helps students learn more effectively and retain their mathematical knowledge over time.

Making math meaningful is essential for student success. By prioritizing conceptual understanding, aligning with standards, providing engaging tasks, supporting accessibility, fostering discourse, supporting teachers, and taking a research-based approach, Illustrative Mathematics is making strides in transforming math education. So, let’s embrace the power of meaningful math education and help every student unlock their full potential.

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For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.


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