New Math Curriculum to Prepare District 228 Students for Real-Life Scenarios

New Math Curriculum to Prepare District 228 Students for Real-Life Scenarios
Posted on 09/12/2018
New Math Curriculum to Prepare District 228 Students for Real-Life Scenarios

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Bremen High School District 228 freshmen will be exposed to a different type of math curriculum this year called integrated math. Unlike traditional math, which teaches concepts like Geometry, Algebra I, and Algebra II in isolation, integrated math combines mathematic concepts to help students connect and retain information and prepare for real-life scenarios.

"We looked at numerous factors such as test scores and feedback from teachers and students and realized many of our students weren't doing well with the traditional math curriculum we had been teaching," says District 228 Math Director, Kelli Lattyak. "We knew we needed to find a new curriculum that would make sense to our students, meet their needs, and help prepare them for their future."

Lattyak says the new curriculum will help students in several ways:

•Applying math to real-world concepts such as population growth, rate of change, and investing.

•Helping students retain information and increase testing success through cyclical curriculum that will continuously appear in lessons.

•Increasing critical thinking and reading skills through newly formulated questions.

•Testing preparation through newly worded problems that are not cut and dry and will be formatted and worded similarly to the SAT.

•Achieving a heightened understanding of statistics and analytical skills which appear in an entire unit. Previously, there has been a senior level statistics elective offered at the schools, but never has statistics been integrated throughout multiple levels of education at the District.

"We realized the world is changing and that we needed to start teaching students meaningful skills their computers can't do," says Lattyak. "For example, think about a marketing company. Today, there are computers that can enter and pull data, but companies still need a person who has the skill-set to sit down and make sense and interpret that data."

Since 2013, District 228 staff and administration have been carefully planning to change math curriculum that would best serve their students. Preparation includes picking out materials such as books, drafting lesson plans, and ensuring teachers are comfortable and confident in teaching the new curriculum.

"We wanted to take our time to ensure we had the best possible solution to ensure both student and teacher success," says Lattyak.

Integrated math curriculum will be taught only to freshmen during the 2018-2019 school year at District 228 schools. By 2022 all District 228 students will be taught the integrated math curriculum.