Everyday Mathematics Philosophy
To guide curriculum development, the original Everyday Mathematics authors formulated a set of beliefs and principles based on previous research that showed which methods worked best in other countries and in the authors' own field research.
Based on these principles, the original Everyday Mathematics authors identified guidelines for teaching to help children build a strong mathematical foundation in their elementary years:
- Move from nearly exclusive emphasis on
naked numbercalculation to developing conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills in arithmetic, data, probability, geometry, algebra, and functions.
- Link mathematics to everyday situations.
- Link past experiences to new concepts and provide for ongoing, spaced review.
- Make considerable use of partner and small-group activities.
- Include hands-on activities and explorations throughout the K–6 program.
fact powerthrough daily oral practice, conceptual activities, and games.
- Encourage use and sharing of multiple strategies.
- Provide a wide variety of assessment opportunities.
- Encourage home-school partnerships.
These principles led to the features that guide the Everyday Mathematics program and are a hallmark of its success today. Read more about Everyday Mathematics curriculum features.