# Mathematics Department Goals and Objectives

### Each student will demonstrate:

#### The ability to perform basic arithmetic and algebraic skills

- Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the course prerequisites by completing the Summer Review Packet.
- Students will be tested on the concepts reviewed in the Summer Packet.
- Students will demonstrate basic arithmetic and algebraic skills with and without the use of a calculator on homework assignments, quizzes and tests, and/or on class examples.

#### The ability to work productively in groups

- Students will be encouraged to use study groups when preparing for class assignments and tests.
- Students will learn to communicate mathematically by discussing algebra topics with other students in their group.

#### The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form

- Students will learn to work productively with groups/partners on homework, in-class assignments, projects, computer assignments, graphing calculator/CBL activities, and/or quizzes/tests.
- Students will organize and consolidate mathematical thinking through communication.
- Students will coherently and clearly communicate mathematical thinking to peers, teachers, and others.
- Students will analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others.
- Students will use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely.

#### The ability to problem-solve

- Students will build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving.
- Students will solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
- Students will apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.
- Students will monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving.

#### The ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate data

- Students will learn to formulate questions that can be addressed with data.
- Students will learn to collect, organize, and display data to answer their questions.
- Students will learn to select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data.
- Students will learn to solve word problems using real life data lists, regressions, and comparisons of graphs.
- Students will develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.

#### The ability to recognize patterns (inductive reasoning) and to apply general rules to specific situations (deductive reasoning)

- Students will recognize reasoning and proof as fundamental aspects of mathematics.
- Students will make and investigate mathematical conjectures.
- Students will select and use various types of reasoning and methods of proof to develop and evaluate mathematical arguments.

#### Willingness to persevere, with the understanding that success is the result of strong, consistent effort

- The student will check answers with all available resources and correct mistakes on homework, tests, and/or projects.
- The student will learn to use her time well and utilize available resources for extra help.

#### Understanding of the way in which math is used on a daily basis

- The student will recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas.
- The student will solve real life application problems.
- The student will recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of the mathematics classroom.

#### The ability to use technology effectively and appropriately

- The student will learn to use the TI Graphing Calculator in class, and on homework, tests, and/or quizzes.
- The student will learn to use various computer software programs in connection with mathematical topics – including, but not limited to TI Connect, TI Interactive, Study Cards, Excel, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Smart Ideas.