SaskMATH Shared Beliefs
We believe that:
- high quality, data-informed, culturally appropriate, and student responsive math instruction is key to the life-long success of all children in Saskatchewan;
- providing all students with the foundations of Number Sense (compare, compose and decompose, represent, visualize, and estimate) lays the foundation for a deep understanding of relationships between and within numbers. This is the critical foundation for all outcomes, in all strands, and across all grade levels;
- all children can do math with respect to their personal experiences and needs; and
- engaging, effective, research-based, and culturally appropriate resources aid instructional decisions.
This SaskMATH web and print resource has been developed to support high quality math instruction and assessment that includes Indigenous Ways of Knowing. This resource is intended to support students, classroom teachers, administrators, families and caregivers, community partners, school division and First Nation Authority leaders, directors, school boards, and provincial polic2-makers.
SaskMATH Vision for the Future
WE will have consistency and uniformity in the quality of instruction that will close achievement gaps province-wide where students have the numeracy and critical thinking skills needed to be successful.
WE will have teachers who have a deep level of understanding of content and pedagogical knowledge. That understanding will support a holistic understanding of the learner to provide responsive instructional decisions that meet the needs of each learner.
WE will have engaging, research-based, culturally and student responsive spaces for mathematics instruction.
WE will have students who will benefit from high quality instruction and formative assessment, as evidenced by data.
WE will have students at all levels working at their appropriate proficiency level as they work towards their mathematical potential.
Abstract thinking is the ability to link objects or ideas that may not seem related, to see patterns, to deduce. It is an essential process for creating, learning, and producing knowledge.1
WE will have students who enjoy, do and understand math, which will lead to confidence, ability, and a growth mindset as they use their knowledge and skill set beyond the classroom.
WE will have engaged students that have a sense of self-efficacy and persistence. Students will become mathematically literate citizens. Those students whose potential and interests direct them into further education and/or careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and/or trades will be empowered and equipped to follow their pathways of choice.
WE will develop confident educational leaders in math as they collaborate on resource development and support and monitor best practice and actualization of curricula.
SAKATCHEWAN will be recognized as a leader in effective mathematics education.
1Saadi, K. Abstract Thinking. Retrieved 14 September 2021, from https://www.life.ca/lifelearning/1610/abstract-thinking.htm.