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Program Information for Parents

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HOW HAS TEACHING AND LEARNING CHANGED?

BEFORE NOW

Students work mostly independently.

Students work independently, in small groups, in partners, and with people across the globe.

Students demonstrate their learning through multiple choice assessments.

Students demonstrate their learning through multiple choice assessments and performance-based, real world tasks.
Importance is placed on the learning/memorization of facts. Importance is placed on applying learning in different contexts.
Importance is placed on the one right answer. There is one “right” way to find a solution. Importance is placed on multiple processes to get to the answer.
Students answer questions by using prior knowledge and person experience Students answer questions using evidence from the text.
Students learn reading and writing skills only in English class. Students practice reading and writing skills in math, social studies, science, and electives. 
The teacher is the lecturer. The teacher is a facilitator.
Technology is a separate subject. Technology is a tool for teaching and learning.

State Adopted Standards

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Links to Math Resources for Parents to Support at Home

Elementary and Middle School (K-8)

  • Arcademic Skill Builders: Online educational games for learning basic math, language arts, vocabulary, and thinking skills. Math games include addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and fraction and ratio games.
  • Gamequarium: Interactive mathematics games, virtual manipulatives, online calculators, and graphing tools.
  • Harcourt Math Glossary: Interactive math glossary for students in K-6 that provides a searchable database of math terms, accompanied by illustrations and animated examples.
  • Mathematics Benchmarks, Grades K–12: Benchmarks for K-12, as well as models of secondary school courses, sample secondary school assessments, and tasks.
  • Math123xyz.com: Interactive multimedia math resources, including math lessons, interactive tutorials, learning tools, enrichment, and extra practice. Basic Skills, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry.
  • Math Dictionary for Kids: More than 600 interactive mathematical definitions for elementary school students.
  • Math Playground: Play logic games, solve word problems, and watch math videos.
  • Mathwire.com: Activities, worksheets, and creative ideas for teaching math that are classroom-tested by teachers. Based on NCTM Standards.
  • Numbers Made Meaningful: Teacher-tested math stories and games based on the story Trouble with Zero, for PreK through grade 1.
  • Rockin’ the Standards: A veteran elementary school teacher and his rock band have taken lyrics from common tunes and changed them to help kids remember the mathematics they’ve been taught in school.
  • Soft Schools: Worksheets and games.
  • Superkids: Online resource for teachers or parents to create math worksheets on topics including addition, exponents, and telling time.
  • Time Monsters: Interactive online lessons and quizzes about time.

High School (9-12)

  • Algebra Boot Camp: Downloadable resources, questions, and solutions on various algebra topics.
  • Algebra.Help: Worksheets and lessons with step-by-step explanations, as well as calculators and other algebra resources.
  • High School Ace: Math tutorials, games, and resources for high school teachers and students.
  • Math123xyz.com: Interactive multimedia math resources, including math lessons, interactive tutorials, learning tools, enrichment, and extra practice. Basic Skills, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry.
  • Mathwire.com Activities, worksheets, and creative ideas for teaching math that are classroom-tested by teachers. Based on NCTM Standards.
  • Math Motivation: Videos and lessons.
  • Mathematics Benchmarks, Grades K–12: Benchmarks for K-12, as well as models of secondary school courses, sample secondary school assessments, and tasks.
  • Online Math Learning: Lessons, worksheets, and videos for higher-level mathematics, including free SAT testing and GMAT preparation.
  • Phat Math, Inc.: Online help with math homework, as well as math blogs and chat rooms.

List of Adopted Textbooks and Instructional Materials

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Image of Notebook Paper and Pencil Titled MUSD Curriculum Information for K-5 Parents

Please click the image above for a full PDF of the parent brochure. 

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What is a 21st Century Learner?

A Self-Directed Learner

  • Takes initiative and responsibility for learning
  • Manages and assesses their own learning activities
  • Uses time wisely and efficiently
  • Thinks about themselves as a learner      

 

A Responsible Worker

  • Acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind
  • Follows school and classroom rules
  • Completes assignments and tasks thoroughly and on time

 

A Community Contributor

  • Creates and communicates new ideas to others effectively
  • Is open and responsive to others’ opinions
  • Works effectively and respectfully with others
  • Makes compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Shares the responsibility in groupwork    

 

An Effective Communicator

  • Articulates thoughts and ideas effectively orally and in writing
  • Listens attentively
  • Uses communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)

 

A Complex Thinker

  • Analyzes  and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
  • Appreciates and considers other points of view
  • Makes connections
  • Reflects on learning experiences and processes
  • Solves problems  and asks questions      

 

A Global Citizen

  • Tries to understand other people
  • Act fairly in choices, decisions, and words
  • Accepts differences
  • Is curious and interested in learning about the world and believes in making a positive difference

 

An Effective and Ethical User of Technology

  • Evaluates information critically and competently, analyzes and evaluate the information found online
  • Knows how to be a responsible digital citizen and how to stay safe online
  • Understands and utilizes the most appropriate technology tools for the right purposes
  • Uses technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate Information

 

CCSS in Spanish

Common Core en Español.  Click here

Questions?

Please email Audrey Lee, Director of Curriculum & Educational Technology if you have any specific questions.