Buncombe County Schools has utilized the Core Plus Mathematics school for numerous years. This program uses a hands-on approach that helps to provide concrete understanding of mathematical concepts. With the adoption of the Common Core Math standards, the county has continued to provide mathematics instruction using this program as well as incorporating other resources to provide opportunity for students to master all math standards. Please read about the Core Plus Math program below.
- Students are expected to collaborate in these investigations, make notes, and be prepared to share a summary with the teacher and with the rest of the class.
- The investigation questions are structured to take advantage of what students already know, to push them to think about what they still need to know in order to solve a problem, and to identify obstacles to a complete solution.
- Students are actively engaged in and talking to each other about the mathematics they are learning. This student talk is the medium through which mathematical concepts make their way from the printed page into students' brains.
The following are a list of practices that are observed from mathematicians that I would encourage all of my students to attend to if they are going to become successful mathematicians!
Eight Mathematical Practices:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.