MATHEMATICS

  "Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them." -- Albert Einstein

 Shelton's Math Program

 The K-12 mathematics program that we offer is now aligned with National Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  These standards are grade level specific and allow teachers, students and parents a better understanding of what a child is expected to know and be able to do by the end of the school year. Students will be measured against these standards by the NWEA and the Smarter Balanced assessment.

 The mathematics curriculum ensures that students will develop

  •  an age appropriate understanding of Number, Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data and Analysis, and Probability;
  • an understanding of basic skills and core concepts;

  • the ability to utilize higher order thinking skills, communicate mathematically, and solve problems in a real world context;

  • an aptitude towards using technology effectively. 

 The Shelton Public School System uses the following research-based programs as a supplements to our standards based curriculum:

  • Eureka Math (used by all teachers in grades K-12)
  • Go Math! (used by teachers in grades 5 and 6)
  • Big Ideas (used by teachers in grades 7 through 12) 

The resources above support our curriculum and teachers when developing and implementing standards aligned lessons with rigorous expectations.    

All curricula Common Core grade level standards and also include, curriculum pacing calendars and a list of read aloud titles to integrate into mini-lessons.  All grade level units include "Big Ideas" and "Essential Questions" to allow students to make the connections with the content and the world around them.

Our district curricula allows students to share daily work among classmates, create products from activities, and use games, manipulatives and visuals to demonstrate their math knowledge and skills.  Teachers use research-based strategies to provide and encourage students to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and concepts that they need in order to communicate, think critically and collaborate with their peers in the classroom.

 Lastly, we are proud to utilize the research and work of Jo Boaler and Carol Dweck within all grade levels to integrate and support our students having a growth mindset.  Each grade level provides a unit of study to students on how to integrate and apply a growth mindset when approaching and working through high-level problems.  These strategies support our students when they are experiencing challenging mathematical tasks and how to persevere through them.  We believe the process of learning and working with mathematics is more important than the answer.

If you have any questions regarding our mathematics program in Shelton, please feel free to contact the Office of Teaching and Learning below. 

 Tina Henckel

Office of Instruction & Support Services

382 Long Hill Avenue

Shelton, CT 06484

203-924-1023 x350

thenckel@sheltonpublicschools.org