Elementary

Junior High

High School

Alternative

Secondary

Welcome to Secondary Mathematics!

Our Goal for SECONDARY mathematics is two fold:
  • To support mathematical learning in the classroom as it attends to the Standards for Mathematical Practice:
  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  • To support mathematical teaching in the classroom as it attends to the Mathematics Teaching Practices:
  1. Establish mathematics goals to focus learning.
  2. Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving.
  3. Use and connect mathematical representations.
  4. Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse.
  5. Pose purposeful questions.
  6. Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.
  7. Support productive struggle in learning mathematics.
  8. Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.

 

For a printer friendly file, click here.

Secondary Math Educators

Professional Development Opportunities

8x8 Teacher Leader Program

For more information and a printer-friendly version of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

Book Studies

Registration is open to any Davis School District Secondary Math Educator who would like to take the course—completing the courses as a group is highly recommended to foster collaboration, but individuals can use the group discussion board as their “group” if they wish!  Once you register, you will be sent the appropriate book for your book study at no cost.

  1. Mathematical MindsetsThis book study is strongly recommended to groups wishing to challenge personal mindsets around math and mathematics culture in their classroom and at their school.  Register for the Mathematical Mindsets Book Study here.

 

  1. Number TalksThis book study is strongly recommended to groups wishing to learn about a high-impact strategy to help build numeracy and number sense in students (wonderful for use in Math Lab classes as well as in traditional and honors math classes). Register for the Number Talks Book Study here.

 

  1. Principles to Actions: This book study is strongly recommended to groups who wish to dive in to the research-based best practices that catalyzed the “new” math core curriculum and sequencing. Register for the Principles to Actions Book Study here.

 

4. Infinite Powers: This book study is strongly recommended to groups who wish to deepen their conceptual understanding of the mathematics that builds to Calculus.  Take a dive in to the historical discovery of mathematical concepts as they build toward Calculus topics.  The content in this book will help shore up math concepts from K - 12 and is a fascinating read for the application of different mathematical concepts.  Register for the Infinite Powers Book Study here

 

5. 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discourse: This book study is designed for educators who wish to deep dive in to the practice of orchestrating productive mathematical discussions.  It is highly recommended for educators interested in improving questioning and group discussion pedagogy. Register for the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discourse here.

Reach for the Top

For more information and a printer-friendly version of the flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

Personalized Learning and SBG Tools

Priority Standards

Priority Standards have been identified and developed through a state-wide collaboration effort at the Utah State Board of Education.  The Priority Standards indicate the grade level standards for each Secondary Math grade band that should be explored at depth and with the most time with students.  Standards that are in the Core Curriculum or DESK standards that are not included in the Priority Standards indicate standards that should receive less depth and instructional time--for detailed recommendations see the Content Pacing Guides.  

Math 7

Math 8

Secondary Math I

Secondary Math II

Secondary Math III

Content Pacing Guides

Content Pacing Guides have been developed by teams of DSD Educators and are based off of the USBE's Priority Standards.  Content Pacing Guides give recommendations about yearly instructional time to spend deep diving as well as skimming.  Each document is considered a "living document" containing links to the Priority Standards, Utah State Core Curriculum Standards, as well as Performance Tasks for each Priority Standard.   

Math 7

Math 8

Secondary Math I

Secondary Math II

Secondary Math III

Performance Task Planning and Assessing

The Performance Task Planning and Assessing Guide is a tool that is to be used when planning and implementing a Performance Task (remember links for Performance Tasks can be found for every Priority Standard in the Content Pacing Guides).  The Planning guide below is best used as a grade band collaborative team to focus:

Learning Objectives
Mathematical Practice Alignment
Academic Vocabulary
Questioning
Anticipated Student Solutions
Grading Rubric
Rubric Alignment

For a printer friendly Performance Task Planning Guide and Rubric, click here.

Core Curriculum

Standards for Mathematical Practice

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

 

Effective  Mathematics Teaching Practices

  1. Establish mathematics goals to focus learning.
  2. Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving.
  3. Use and connect mathematical representations.
  4. Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse.
  5. Pose purposeful questions.
  6. Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.
  7. Support productive struggle in learning mathematics.
  8. Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.

 

Rich Mathematical Task Resources

YouCubed by Jo Boaler (Grades K-12): Low threshold, high ceiling tasks, naturally differentiating, highly engaging, and aligned with grade levels.  YouCubed tasks aren't specifically aligned with a math standard but allow students to access and experience rigorous mathematics. The only drawback is not enough content!

When Math Happens by Dan Meyer (Grades 3-12): 3-Act Tasks with engaging video clips and simple questions that are of the "What do you notice? What do you wonder? What do you need to know?" style.  These tasks are all tied to grade-level content areas.  The only drawback is not enough content!

Robert Kaplinsky (Grades K - 12):  Tasks complete with teacher lesson plans that include engaging, current topics with rigorous mathematics.  These tasks are all tied to grade-level content areas.  The only drawback is not enough content.

Achieve the Core Coherence Map (Grades K-12):  The Coherence Map shows the connections between State Standards for Mathematics.  They help build student understanding by linking together concepts within and across grades. The map assists in identify gaps in a student's knowledge by tracing a standard back through its logical pre-requisites and it helps you visualize and understand how supporting standards relate to the major work of the grade. Embedded in the map are over 45 math tasks tied to standards. 

Would You Rather (Grades K-12):  A comprehensive series of mathematical tasks that ask students to pick an option based on the popular "Would you rather...." series.  Highly engaging and content that spans all K-12 grade bands.

Visual Patterns

Utah Middle School Math Project (Grades 7-8): Inviting curriculum with enriching anchor tasks and activities.  Also included are pacing guides, teacher guides, and an in-depth explanation of the mathematics being taught.  All content is tied to math core standards and to the Mathematical Practices. 

Mathematics Vision Project (Grades 9-11):  Tasks to introduce and reinforce standards, tied to math core standards, teacher guides, spiraled assignments and honors content for each grade level.  

dy/dan by Dan Meyer (Grades 7-12):  3-Act Task resources with engaging video clips and teacher notes.  Dan's blog is highly informative and helps give educators ideas about how to effectively implement 3-Act Tasks.

DSD Math Task Folder (Grades 7-12):  Join our Dropbox folder that is a repository of the monthly math tasks that are emailed to every DSD Secondary Math Teacher.  (Join our email list here, all Secondary Math DSD Educators are automatically enrolled).
 

Core Guides

 

  1. Mathematics Focus by Grade Level:   (K-8) A deep focus on the major work in each grade level so that students can build a strong mathematical foundation.  These core guides are visually appealing and allow you to see major topics (green square), supporting topics (blue square), and additional work (yellow circle) organized by grade level.  
     

     
  2. University of AZ Progressions Documents: (K-12) A narrative, which includes visual solution strategies that students may have encountered in prior grades.  These documents are in-depth and contain a lot of detail about the progression of major topics in elementary and secondary math education.
     

     
  3. USBE Core Guides:  (K-12) A high level explanation of Utah-specific mathematics standards, including links to standards that students should come to class knowing and links to Utah standards that have yet to be learned.  Additionally, these documents contain links for curriculum resources that have been vetted by the USBE Mathematics Department. 
     

     

 

Parents

How to Support Your Math Student

Professor Jo Boaler of Standford University recommends these research-based best practices for parents to support their Mathematics learner at home:

For a printer-friendly copy click here (also available in Spanish)

Article archive highlighting research-based best parent practices for supporting Mathematics learners in the home.

Summer Programs

 

For a printer-friendly file or to register click here.

Summer Mathematics Resources

Request a textbook here for your student to use over the summer (we recommend requesting the textbook for the course the student will be taking the following school year).

High quality math problems to solve as a family over the summer can be found here.

Math 7 and Math 8 Independent Study Program

Students who wish to complete Math 7 or Math 8 in a self-paced and teacher led, online format using Edgunity for content to earn original course credit may apply to do so here.

Student Acceleration

Mathematics Acceleration Options

About ten percent of students are candidates for acceleration as they enter junior high, and Davis District strives to identify and support them where appropriate. 

The DESK Standards have been carefully structured to emphasize certain concepts during specific courses, therefore students may not ‘skip’ a math course as this would put them at a disadvantage in future courses.  Davis District supports a variety of paths for acceleration.  Please refer to the Secondary Math Course Progressions tab.

Accelerated students should take math every year while in high school.  Data shows that students who accelerate and then sit out a year of math in high school loose the advantage of acceleration.  The purpose of acceleration should be to enable students to take additional advanced math courses while in high school rather than complete the requirements early.  Data shows that there is a negative effect on mathematical knowledge when students miss a year of math classes before high school graduation.

  • To request more information on accelerating in mathematics, please fill out this form.
  • To register your student to take the quantitative portion of the CogAT, fill out this form.

 

 

Lindsey Henderson
K-12 Mathematics Specialist
Email: lhenderson@dsdmail.net
Twitter: @flippyfeets