PS 8 uses the “Bridges in Mathematics” math curriculum. Developed with initial support from the National Science Foundation, Bridges blends problem-solving and skill building in a program that moves through each grade level with common models, teaching strategies, and objectives. A Bridges classroom features a combination of whole-group, small-group, and independent activities. Lessons incorporate increasingly complex visual models — seeing, touching, working with manipulatives, and sketching ideas — to create pictures in students’ minds that help them invent, understand, and remember mathematical ideas. By encouraging students to explore, test, and justify their reasoning, the curriculum facilitates the development of mathematical thinking for students of all learning styles.