Mathematics

INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

The Mathematics Program in the Parkway School District utilizes instructional strategies that are designed to best meet the needs of each student.  Instruction should reflect research-based best practices and be assessed using both formative and summative assessment tools.  Teachers choose instructional strategies that best meet the unique needs of their students in a timely manner.  Examples of instructional strategies are listed below, and many are identified in Best Practice: Today’s Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools, by Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde (2005).

  • Small group discussion
  • Whole class discussion
  • Whole class instruction
  • Cooperative learning
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Vocabulary instruction
  • Interactive lecture
  • Journaling
  • Technology explorations
  • Use of calculators and computers
  • Assessing learning as an integral part of instruction
  • Use of manipulative materials (“hands on” learning)
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Questioning and making conjectures
  • Self assessment
  • Student research and presentations
  • Studying mathematical history
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Guided practice
  • Independent practice
  • Problem solving strategies
  • Reading strategies
  • Teacher demonstration