# Focus on the Goal

## Making Math Count in WHPS

## Fundamentals of Great Teaching in Math

## Shouldn't the written curriculum tell us what to teach?

With the addition of __Math In Practice__, our curriculum provides a core resource that is well researched and provides guidance for structuring lessons in a sequence that develops students' understanding of mathematical concepts. Additionally, other resources are listed in the written curriculum so teachers have a bank of possible activities available to support all math learning goals for our diverse student populations.

## Focus on the Mathematics Goal

__Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All__, (p.12) "Effective teaching of mathematics establishes clear goals for the mathematics that students are learning, situates the goals within learning progressions, and uses the goals to guide instructional decisions." The daily goal or objective of a lesson should indicate what students will know and understand as a result of this lesson. Because the goal is a part of a learning progression, it should be evident why it is important to know and learn the math, how this math relates to math that was already learned, and how this learning is important to the mathematical ideas and future learning.

Learning targets, written as "I can" statements, help ensure that all students know what the purpose of the lesson will be. Learning targets let students know what they should be able to do by the end of the lesson and as a result of the lesson. It is not enough to tell students what they will be doing in a lesson. Teachers must also communicate to students what they are expected to learn and know as a result of the lesson and how this learning connects to previous and future learning.

__Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All__(2014) p. 16