Math Department

MISSION STATEMENT

The Fieldston Middle math department is designed to develop students’ mathematical skills, grasp of mathematical concepts, analytical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. We value student engagement and adapting the program to the needs of each student.

We are committed to developing students who will independently:

  • possess fluency in basic computational skills
  • possess a dual understanding of mathematical concepts and procedural algorithms
  • develop logical and critical-thinking skills to solve problems, including those where no obvious path is apparentIMG_4166.jpg
  • communicate clearly and accurately about quantities, relationships, and unknown values through the use of signs, symbols, models, graphs, and mathematical terms
  • recognize patterns and make connections among mathematical ideas
  • transition from concrete to abstract thinking in an age-appropriate manner
  • apply and recognize mathematical knowledge in real-world situations beyond the classroom

Because we are committed to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning, our instructional methods include:

  • direct instruction by teachers
  • small and large group work
  • student-centered and student-driven projects, which, when appropriate, connect with student interests and social and ethical issues, individual homework, and classroom assignments
  • student-centered classroom discussions
  • integration of technology as a teaching and learning tool
  • puzzles, games, and contests
  • placement of students into leveled classes so they may approach topics at the pace and depth at which they are most likely to master concepts successfully
  • differentiated instruction whenever possible and individualized pacing in alignment with our progressive mission; specific examples include one-on-one extra help sessions, many varieties of assessments of student performance, extra credit work, and challenge extensions
  • the opportunity to reflect on and learn from mistakes and misunderstandings