WS/FCS Mathematics Vision:
Students as K-12 Mathematics Learners and Doers
Students are active learners, constructing their knowledge of mathematics through exploration, discussion, and reflection. The tasks in which students engage are both challenging and interesting, and students cannot quickly complete them by applying a known rule or procedure. Students reason about and make sense of a situation and persevere when a pathway is not immediately evident. Students use a range of tools to support their thinking and collaborate with their peers to test and refine their ideas. A whole-class discussion provides a forum for students to share ideas and clarify understandings, develop convincing arguments, and learn to see things from the perspectives of other students.
We expect all students to develop in all strands of mathematical proficiency - conceptual understanding, procedural and computational fluency, strategic competence, and adaptive reasoning.
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