Since the teacher is the key to the quality of the education that a student receives, we math teachers at GOHS are committed to continually improving our instruction. Central to that commitment is our spirit and practice of collaboration. The Mathpack at GOHS meets weekly to share and create more effective ways to teach mathematics. We do this by setting goals, giving common assessments, and designing lessons.
While we are a very collaborative bunch, our intent is not to be instructional robots. While we have agreed upon some common standards and practices, the Mathpack offers a wide variety of teaching styles and embraces our instructional diversity. We believe that our diversity and the fact that we agree to disagree make for a powerful and effective collaborative process.
Rather than sharing the same style, we choose to share the same instructional philosophy described below.
The following list known as the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice are the "habits of mind" that graduates of Great Oak will possess. While much of the higher level math skills learned may or may not be retained and used by our students when they become adults, these cognitive qualities will serve them for a lifetime.