Math lessons at Chartwell emphasize conceptual understanding as a strong foundation to build computation and application of skills. Through direct instruction in small, homogeneously grouped classes, teachers set and pace instruction based on student mastery. Since math curriculum spirals, students are introduced to new content based on their level of skill mastery, not on grade level content. Teachers move forward through curriculum standards focusing on power standards, working towards grade level. Teachers review previous foundational concepts necessary for understanding new concepts and teach in a way that students can retain concepts and strategies.
Progress monitoring is embedded in our curriculum. Class groupings are fluid throughout the school year. New skills and procedures are practiced repeatedly for students to gain mastery, and the math curriculum allows students to review and reinforce skills. Some students greatly benefit from learning strategies to compensate for their difficulties with math facts and recall of processes and procedures. The lesson plan includes structured, sequenced lessons incorporating scaffolding of information, direct instruction, and technology which enables students at various ability levels to work towards grade level.