Mathematics Program Pathways 6-12
Course descriptions may be found in the MS and HS course catalogs.
What is Math II?
Math II is a course offered to sixth graders for one period on alternating days in addition to the daily Math I class. Math II affords students a unique opportunity for enrichment beyond the scope of the Grade 6 standards, and also provides students a forum to learn and practice mathematical modeling (problem-solving).
To function effectively in today’s global society, students must be able to think logically, critically, and creatively. Mathematical modeling encourages these thinking skills through what is very much a literacy-based process. Mathematical modelling requires students to
- interpret information and elicit main ideas from a variety of narrative texts that mirror real-life situations
- organize the information meaningfully
- describe/explain the situation
- predict the solution
- share ideas/approaches
- produce a model to solve the problem
- re-use the model in similar situations
Collaboratively, students will regularly engage in Polya’s Problem-Solving Steps as outlined below. These steps also constitute the “design cycle” used in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.
- Understand the problem.
- Devise a plan.
- Carry out the plan.
- Look back.
In Math II, students will learn vital mathematical skills, develop enduring understandings that transfer to further studies and authentic situations, and gain confidence in problem-solving.