North Palos School District 117 elementary students will
start the 2015/2016 school year with a new mathematics curriculum that brings a
more focused, rigorous approach to math instruction. The new program, ORIGO Stepping Stones, will support Dorn, Sorrick, Glen
Oaks, and Oak Ridge in their efforts to implement the new state standards.
Educators are calling ORIGO Stepping Stones “a
breath of fresh air” and “the only program that truly teaches
conceptual mathematics.” The standards emphasize developing an understanding of, and becoming fluent with,
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The focus is on conceptual learning as compared with the
procedural methods of past standards. The program also narrows the scope of
content taught in order to focus on learning concepts deeply and building a
solid mathematical foundation.
This shift in instruction will help students learn how to think rather than what to think, along with developing higher-order math skills.
Teachers will lead class discussions on problem solving and students will apply
strategies to find the answer rather than simply plug numbers into a formula.
This approach will help students translate mathematical concepts to real-world
scenarios so they are more prepared for college and career success.
More information on ORIGO Stepping Stones may
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