Cross-divisional math faculty provided a view into how Latin math curriculum – starting with the Singapore math framework in Lower School – empowers students to grow into independent problem solvers.
Students employ math journaling, a process that allows students to work through problems, catch their mistakes and identify gaps in their logic, starting in JK and continuing through their lower school years. In the Middle School, teachers focus on ensuring their students understand the “why” of a problem before the “how” of solving it, and encourage informal exploration before providing formal instruction on concepts and methods. The Upper School employs student-centered, discussion-based learning to drive students toward understanding. A Math Center, staffed by two former Latin math teachers, offers students drop-in help. And a growing Math Team is finding increasing success at the regional and state level. Math isn’t super tracked at Latin. An analysis of a recent class of 120 graduating seniors found that they had taken 85 different pathways through the math curriculum. Faculty recommended visiting youcubed.org, formed by Stanford Math Education Professor Jo Boaler, for a view on some of the most current thinking on inspiring and exciting students about math.