5 Guiding Principles for Math

There are five “Guiding Principles for Mathematics Programs in California”:

  1. The Learning “Guiding Principle” means that students need to go deeper than simple memorizations to understand the mathematical concepts which will allow them to apply what they have learned outside of the classroom in new ways.
  2. The Teaching “Guiding Principle” declares that teachers need to be knowledgeable of mathematics to design instruction that builds upon strong foundations and guide students through their own mathematical academic journey.  Successful math programs are logical and follow a sequence of instruction that builds upon itself over time. The goal is to design lessons that keep progressing while building the student’s skills, knowledge and confidence in mathematical problem solving and practices with the hope to inspire a lasting interest in mathematics.
  3. The Technology “Guiding Principle” explains that as technology is always changing and getting better it also provides new integration opportunities for teachers and students. Technology gives us new ways to teach and new ways to show how mathematical principles work to enhance learning, not replace it.
  4. The Equity “Guiding Principle” asserts that students will live up or live down to your expectations so it is vital to maintain high expectations for all students and provide the support needed for student success.
  5. The Assessment “Guiding Principle” states that assessments inform the teacher and the student about the student’s understanding of a topic. This feedback lets the teacher know what concepts need to be re-taught and the student knows where to focus their studying.