Math Philosophy Statement
At Plainfield School students learn mathematical concepts in a lasting way through the use of inquiry, investigations and reflective thinking. We believe that math should be meaningful, challenging, and connected to students’ lives and other subject areas. Having a strong command of basic facts allows students to calculate efficiently while seeing the relationship among numbers.
We want students to be mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Students are encouraged to retrieve and apply prior knowledge and skills to new situations. While working as a productive member of a group is important, making independent inferences is also essential. As students develop self-confidence they persevere through difficult problems by making connections and applying a variety of strategies. Students grow to view themselves as capable mathematicians.