Mathematics

Math at NPS is taught with the goal of developing creative, competent, and flexible problem solvers who are comfortable taking risks.

As all students are natural mathematicians, homeroom teachers, with the support of the School’s full time math specialist, provide a variety of math experiences through direct instruction, independent practice, cutting edge cooperative projects, and game-playing.

NPS has an innovative and well-researched curriculum that addresses the foundation of mathematics: numbers and operations, geometry, patterns, functions, algebraic thinking, data analysis, and measurement. Students as young as three years old begin to develop number sense, a mathematical vocabulary, and a logical approach to solving problems that enables future application of mathematical reasoning to real-world questions.

To maintain a dynamic learning environment that accommodates a variety of learning styles, NPS utilizes the most effective activities and best practices from several mathematics curricula including Everyday Math, Investigations, Contexts for Learning by Cathy Fosnot, the National Science Foundation’s Rational Number Project, and Number Talks by Sherry Parrish. The School also supplements and differentiates instruction with engaging online content from the Dreambox and IXL companies.

 

Learning in Action

Students build kinaras from unifix cubes

An integrated lesson for Pre-Kindergarten students that combines Social and Global Studies, Literacy, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, and Math

Pre-Kindergarten Math is Fun!

Children ages 4 and 5 learn the foundational elements of math concepts such as sorting, graphing, identifying numbers, using one to one counting and identifying patterns

STEAM Night: Maker Edition (Video)

What have you MADE lately? Thank you to Team STEAM and everyone who attended NPS STEAM Night 2018: Maker Edition! Please enjoy this video recap.

Math Overview


Math Specialist Betsy Williams

MEd, University of Maryland
BS, Keene State College