Committed to a progressive approach to mathematics instruction that favors conceptual understanding over rote computational work, our math classes are conducted with the main objective of deep conceptual understanding achieved via hands-on projects that are engaging and empowering to all students. This method of instruction provides practical strategies and activities to show all children—even and especially those students who claim not to like math—that they can in fact enjoy and succeed in mathematics. PS 8/MS 8 is part of New York City’s Algebra4All initiative. At the end of 8th Grade, students may sit for the Algebra Regents exam.
In 6th grade, we use the CMP3 curriculum, along with Illustrative Math, Go Math, and EngageNY curricula to explore all of the topics within the Common Core State Standards — we use all four because they all provide activities that allow for multiple points of entry for all learners. Emphasis is placed on developing conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency, as well as on our Algebra unit in order to prepare the students to take the Algebra Regents in 8th grade. All year students are challenged to apply mathematics to real world scenarios and develop complex solutions to the problems we explore. Students work independently, in partnerships and in small groups to make predictions, discover patterns and draw conclusions in order to become highly skilled observers, thinkers and explorers. We incorporate our Smart Board technology as well as laptops and Google Chromebooks into our lessons in order to enhance the learning experiences of our students through math games and activities. Our math classroom is an inclusive environment where students of all needs, interests, learning styles and ability levels are met where they are and pushed in a positive and supportive learning environment to become their best selves because we believe in cultivating a growth mindset in Math.
Students continue with the CMP3 curriculum in 7th grade, and will be challenged to apply mathematics to real world scenarios and to develop complex solutions to the problems classes explore. The focus is on deep mathematical understandings and real world applications. A central goal is to remember that we are constantly working as a team, and that perseverance in working through difficult and frustrating problems is extremely important to students’ growth as life-long learners.
In 8th grade, all students take Common Core Algebra 1, a high school level Algebra 1 course aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Algebra 1 and culminating with the Algebra 1 Regents Exam in June. They also cover required 8th grade Common Core standards.
Using the CMP3 curriculum, the 8th grade math course covers seven units of mathematical study, beginning with linear relationships; and then moving through mathematical models, exponential functions, and quadratic functions; and ending with deeper studies of mathematical expressions, equations, and functions, as well as the Pythagorean Theorem and irrational numbers.