The Cooper School students develop both a procedural and conceptual understanding of Math. In the early grades, whole group, small group and individual instruction provides ample time for these early mathematicians to develop strong mathematical thinking. Math concepts are presented within a real world context and with the use of concrete objects, allowing children to develop strong number sense and problem solving skills. Children begin to learn how to articulate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing. Teachers guide students to develop intuitive mathematical reasoning through exploration of math materials, mathematical games and direct instruction.
Middle Elementary students delve deeper into logical reasoning and mathematical operations. Students continue to connect mathematical ideas to real life experiences and they develop analytical reasoning skills and discover multiple ways to arrive at correct solutions. Students identify and access mathematical tools independently, and become more adept at the articulation of their mathematical thinking. Students competently and creatively experiment with math materials and engage in lively math discussions in the classroom. Direct instruction continues as whole group, small group and individual. Mathematical thinking is extended through enrichment and supported through readiness activities each day, and students are assessed daily.
Upper Elementary students work toward grade appropriate mastery in numbers and operations, geometry, algebra, measurement and data analysis. They continue to develop as strong mathematical thinkers, displaying self-efficacy in problem solving. These strong mathematicians engage in meta cognition by monitoring and reflecting on their mathematical processes. Teachers continue to guide students through whole class, small group and individual instructions. Students are assessed daily in order to ensure they are appropriately challenged. Students engage in a variety of enrichment math projects, through the use of discovery, inquiry, and technology. Students graduate from The Cooper School with a strong math skill set, a deep understanding of numerical relationships, and a willingness to think critically and apply math in the real world.