The grades K - Calculus BC program strives to create students who can apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the classroom and beyond. As they develop an appreciation for math, students will acquire the tools needed to become productive citizens with expanded career opportunities.
Pearland ISD's math curriculum is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, with course descriptions defined by the state.
In addition to state testing, district benchmarks are provided to measure student progress throughout the year in grades 5-11.
Concrete to Abstract Learning Cycle
Through hands-on learning using various manipulatives, students move from concrete and pictorial toward understanding abstract concepts.
Teachers strive to reach all learners by using best practices such as effective questioning and small-group instruction.
Problem Solving (Processes & Strategies)
Teachers guide students to solve problems through the following process:
- Read and understand the problem
- Make a plan (choose a strategy)
- Carry out the plan (apply the strategy)
- Evaluate for reasonableness
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) problem-solving strategies are integrated throughout the curriculum as well.
Technology -- such as graphing calculators, interactive whiteboards, computer programs (including spreadsheets) and handheld PDAs -- are integrated in the K-12 curriculum.
Vocabulary and Reading Strategies
Teachers emphasize accurate, appropriate math vocabulary and provide students opportunities to read, see, use and say vocabulary terms throughout their study of concepts.
5E Model of Instruction
This instructional model provides an effective approach that connects current knowledge to new ideas. The phases of instruction include Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
District coaches work with new and veteran teachers through pre-conferencing, modeled lessons, co-teaching, teacher observations and debriefing.
Math specialists provide training that supports the vision and strategies of the Pearland ISD District Improvement Plan, equips teachers with best teaching practices and raises awareness of differentiation. Teachers attend math academies during district staff development and throughout the school year to learn strategies to meet the needs of all learners.
FAQs about Changes in Math Curriculum
What are TEKS and standards?
The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are state standards for what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject. STAAR, the state accountability testing system, tests learners on this knowledge.
Why is Pearland ISD making math changes?
In 2012, the State Board of Education approved revisions to the math TEKS to be implemented by 2014-15. The SBOE Instructional Review Committee regularly reviews curriculum standards and makes revisions that all schools must implement.
How did the math standards change?
At every grade level, current TEKS have been shifted down to lower grades, and newly-written TEKS were added, which requires new curriculum in each grade.
How do these standards compare to other states?
The new math TEKS align more closely to what most other states require. Although the curriculum requires the same depth, it adds more breadth.
How are Pearland ISD teachers trained to implement this new curriculum?
Teachers participate in specific professional development to tackle the challenges of the new standards and number of standards required.
Is our math curriculum aligned K-12th grades?
Is there a new math textbook for grades K-8?
Yes, Pearland ISD adopted the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt "Texas Go Math!" for grades K-8 math. Teachers use the textbook as a resource to facilitate student learning but not to serve as the sole source for math curriculum and instruction.
How is the new math textbook different?
The new textbook is a consumable that allows students to complete their work in the book and tear out pages as needed.
How can we access the textbook at home?
Each student receives a unique login to access the online interactive and PDF versions of the textbook. Contact your child’s teacher to receive his/her unique login.
Are students required to use calculators in Intro to Algebra (grade 8 math) and Algebra 1? What calculator is provided?
According to the Texas Education Agency, districts must ensure that each student has a handheld graphing calculator when taking STAAR grade 8 and Algebra I math assessments. In addition, each student must have access to a calculator for routine class work.
Pearland ISD provides classroom sets of the TI-Nspire CX to best serve the needs of math students. This district-wide implementation of TI-Nspire provides consistency for students' academic success across grades and campuses.