Teachers: Tom Totushek, Clara Olson, Yonas Ghebregzi, Damon Libratore
Tom, Anya and Barry are Open's resident mathematicians. They have a special talent for presenting math in a fun, positive light that demonstrates math's practical applications. For example, one lesson has students comparing various cell phone plans to find the most economic options - something many students found extremely useful. There is always something fun happening in the math rooms.
Current Classes offered include:
- Algebra 1
- Intermediate Algebra
- Algebra 2
- Accelerated Algebra
- College in the Schools Algebra
- Advanced Placement Statistics
The 6-12 Mathematics Program in the Saint Paul Public Schools consists of courses that allow students to meet or exceed Minnesota Academic Standards in Mathematics, prepares them for the various standardized tests, and gives them the tools to be successful in any post-secondary studies they choose.
The mathematics department philosophy is based on the fact that all students can learn mathematics at a high level. The pathways allow students to complete the same standards at an accelerated rate or at a rate that will allow them to complete the necessary coursework by grade 11.
The math department is committed to ensuring that all students have access to the necessary standards to be successful.
The typical mathematics classroom in the Saint Paul Public Schools is one that is inclusive of regular education students, special education students, English Language learners, and gifted and talented students. Teachers are aware of the multiple learning styles in their classroom and the instructional practices include group processes as well as direct instruction. Teachers have the flexibility to use the methods that they feel will best serve their students.
Mathematics is often a difficult class to work into inter-disciplinary expeditions due to the specific nature of the standards. However, there will be times when students will do work in their math classes that address the expedition (like the relationship between survival and geodesic domes) in addition to stand-alone expeditions and case studies such as:
- Quadratics in Architecture
- The Probability of Carnival Games
- Alternative Voting Methods
- Proportions in St. Paul
With more to come in the future!
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