New Integrated Math Courses in Middle School and High School

Posted by: District 1 year, 5 months ago

New Integrated Math Courses in Middle School and High School

With the implementation of Common Core standards and instructional practices, math in K-12 has been under the magnifying glass. As a nation, we are redefining the way that we teach subjects, particularly math, to better reflect real-life applications. At Coronado Unified School District, we are beyond proud of the way that our entire math department has risen to the challenge of creating and implementing new curriculum designed to reach these new desired outcomes.

 

One of the biggest evolutions to come out of this process is adopting a new curriculum for our middle school and high school math classes: integrated math courses.

 

The status quo in math for decades has been to break classes into specific subject areas. Pre-algebra came first, followed by algebra with the progression into geometry and then algebra 2 and trigonometry. Most likely this is how you took math.

 

Two key challenges developed in this particular approach to math:

  • You pigeonhole students who may not excel in one specific area of math;
  • The national historical failure rate for algebra is alarmingly high.

 

Our new curriculum will instead follow in the spiraling course design we’ve always had in K-8. These classes incorporate various areas of mathematics into the courses. In one class you will touch on algebra, geometry and trigonometry concepts. The high school integrated courses will follow the same format, building on previous topics while introducing new topics and content areas. We will also be focusing on challenging students to evaluate different ways to reach solutions to any given problem, using all the skills in their math toolbox.

 

The new comprehensive and coherent approach will give students a better understanding of the core fundamentals while demonstrating the systematic connections and relationships between concepts. It will avoid dedicating an entire school year to one specific area of mathematics, and instead offer the opportunity to build upon previous learning in all mathematical content areas. Overall, it will create a better learning style for students, which will be more applicable to the real-life challenges they will encounter after high school.

 

The new integrated curricula adopted by districts throughout the County and State, will be structured as Integrated 1, 2, and 3 (with honors level courses available) and, after successful completion of the sequence, students may elect to pursue higher level courses.