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Title: Senior High Mathematics in Nova Scotia Schools


1
Senior High Mathematicsin Nova Scotia Schools
2
Adopting the WNCP mathematics curriculum - Why?
  • Research over the last 10 years on
  • how students learn mathematics
  • what topics are appropriate for students at a
    particular age
  • 21st century expectations for learning, work and
    life
  • Teacher and student feedback
  • developmentally appropriate
  • focus on fewer topics
  • more time to teach and learn
  • Parent feedback students need to learn
    important topics to prepare them for life, future
    studies, and work

3
Implementation Schedule
Grade Implementation Schedule
P3 September 2013
46 September 2014
79 September 2015
10 September 2013
11 September 2014
12 September 2015

4
Implementation Schedule for High School
5
Implementation for Grades 10-12
  • For the 20132014 school year, only new grade 10
    mathematics courses will be implemented. There
    will be no changes to grade 11 and grade 12
    mathematics courses currently being offered.
  • For the 20142015 school year, only new
    mathematics grade 11 courses will be implemented.
    There will be no changes to the grade 12
    mathematics courses currently being offered.
  • For the 2015-2016 school year, only new grade 12
    mathematics courses will be implemented.

6
Senior High Mathematics Common Pathways
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7
Information about these Pathways
  • The three grade 10 pathways should have the same
    rigour- different mathematics. (High expectations
    for all students!)
  • The content, understanding, and skills vary among
    the pathways.
  • After completion of Mathematics 11, students have
    the choice of an academic or Pre-Calculus
    pathway.
  • Each pathway prepares students for different
    options after high school.

8
Considerations for these Pathways
  • When choosing a pathway, students should consider
    their mathematical knowledge and background,
    interests, and future education and career
    paths.
  • Post-secondary programs of study have different
    mathematics prerequisites and admission
    requirements. Students and their parents should
    carefully investigate these prerequisites and
    requirements when selecting senior high courses.

9
Senior High Mathematics Common Pathways
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10
Mathematics Essentials Pathway
  • Mathematics Essentials courses are designed to
    provide students with the development of the
    skills and understandings required in the
    workplace, as well as those required for everyday
    life at home and in the community.
  • Students will become better equipped to deal with
    mathematics in the real world and will become
    more confident in their mathematical abilities.

11
Mathematics Essentials Pathway
  • The typical pathway for students who successfully
    complete Mathematics Essentials 10 is Mathematics
    Essentials 11 followed by Mathematics for the
    Workplace 12.

12
Senior High Mathematics Common Pathways
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13
Mathematics at Work Pathway
  • This pathway consists of three newly designed
    courses and replaces the Mathematics Foundations
    Pathway
  • These new courses are designed to provide
    students with the mathematical understandings and
    critical-thinking skills identified for direct
    entry into the work force or for entry into
    programs of study that do not require academic
    mathematics.

14
Mathematics at Work Pathway
  • The typical pathway for students who successfully
    complete Mathematics at Work 10 is Mathematics at
    Work 11 followed by Mathematics at Work 12.

15
Senior High Mathematics Common Pathways
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16
Mathematics Pathway
  • Courses in this pathway are designed to provide
    students with the mathematical understandings and
    critical-thinking skills identified for
    post-secondary studies in programs that require
    an academic mathematics credit but do not require
    the study of theoretical calculus.

17
Mathematics Pathway
  • Students who complete Mathematics 10 typically
    may
  • complete Mathematics 11 followed by Mathematics
    12, if they intend to follow the academic
    pathway. It will no longer be possible to take
    these courses out of sequence or concurrently.
  • complete Mathematics 11, followed by Pre-Calculus
    11, followed by Pre-Calculus 12, if they intend
    to follow the advanced pathway. It will no longer
    be possible to take these courses out of sequence
    or concurrently.

18
Senior High Mathematics Common Pathways
  • Insert diagram

19
Pre-Calculus Pathway
  • Courses in this pathway are designed to provide
    students with the mathematical understandings and
    critical-thinking skills identified for
    post-secondary studies in programs that require
    the study of theoretical calculus.
  • Students who follow this advanced mathematics
    pathway will be required to complete the 220-hour
    Mathematics 10 course in their grade 10 year and
    both Mathematics 11 and Pre-Calculus 11 in their
    grade 11 year.
  • Students will explore the following topics
  • algebra and number, measurement, relations and
    functions, combinatorics, and introductory
    calculus.

20
Pre-Calculus Pathway
21
Mathematics Course Options Grade 10
  • Mathematics Essentials 10
  • Mathematics at Work 10
  • Mathematics 10

22
Financial Mathematics for all Grade 10 Students
  • Starting in September 2013, all students entering
    Grade 10 will study areas of Financial
    Mathematics such as
  • working hours and wages
  • personal budget
  • deductions, expenses
  • taxes
  • owning and operating a vehicle
  • credit card charges
  • Actual topics depend on course selection

23
Mathematics Essentials 10
  • Mathematics Essentials 10 is
  • a 110 hour, graduation, 1 credit course
  • designed for students who do not intend to pursue
    post-secondary study or who plan to enter
    programs that do not have any mathematics
    pre-requisites.
  • There will be no provincial assessment for
    Mathematics Essentials 10.

24
Mathematics Essentials 10
  • Mathematics Essentials 10 is designed to provide
    students with the development of the skills and
    understandings required in the workplace, as well
    as those required for everyday life at home and
    in the community.
  • Students will become better equipped to deal with
    mathematics in the real world and will become
    more confident in their mathematical
    understandings.
  • Students will explore the following topics
  • mental math, working and earning, deductions and
    expenses, paying taxes, making purchases, buying
    decisions, probability, measuring and estimating,
    transformation and design, and buying a car.

25
Mathematics at Work 10
  • Mathematics at Work 10 is
  • a 110 hour, graduation, 1 credit course
  • a high school mathematics course which
    demonstrates the application and importance of
    key math skills.
  • There will be a provincial assessment for
    Mathematics at Work 10. It will be written in
    January and June of each school year.

26
Mathematics at Work 10
  • Mathematics at Work 10 is a new course designed
    to provide students with the mathematical
    understandings and critical-thinking skills
    identified for direct entry into the work force
    or for entry into programs of study that do not
    require academic mathematics.
  • Students will explore the following topics
  • measurement, area, Pythagorean theorem, right
    triangle trigonometry, geometry, unit pricing and
    currency exchange, income, and basic algebra.

27
Mathematics 10
  • Mathematics 10 is
  • a 220-hour, academic, 2-credit course. This will
    mean that students will have mathematics class
    every day for their grade 10 year.
  • two Grade 10 credits awarded
  • 1 academic mathematics credit
  • 1 of the two additional credits in science,
    mathematics and/or technology
  • an academic high school mathematics course which
    is a pre-requisite
    for all other academic and advanced mathematics
    courses.
  • There will be a provincial assessment for
    Mathematics 10. It will be written in June of
    each school year by students in Mathematics 10
    and Mathematics Pre-IB 10.

28
Mathematics 10
  • Students taking Mathematics 10 will have
    demonstrated satisfactory achievement of learning
    outcomes in grade 9 mathematics.
  • Mathematics 10 is designed to provide students
    with an initial course in the pathway to develop
    mathematical understandings and critical-thinking
    skills identified for post-secondary studies in
    programs that require an academic or Pre-Calculus
    mathematics credit.
  • Students will explore the following topics
  • measurement systems, surface area and volume,
    right triangle trigonometry, exponents and
    radicals, polynomials, linear relations and
    functions, linear equations and graphs, solving
    systems of equations, and financial mathematics.

29
Selecting the Best Course
  • Considerations
  • Mathematical knowledge and background
  • Future plans
  • Interest
  • Learner profile
  • Previous mathematics achievement
  • It is in the students best interests to select
    courses in which they are able to be
    appropriately challenged and are likely to
    experience success.

30
Support for High School Course Selection
  • Your son or daughters grade 9 mathematics
    teacher has information which can support your
    child in selecting the most appropriate course
    for their success.

31
Graduation Requirements
  • Students entering Grade 10 in September 2013 will
    need two mathematics credits to graduate, only
    one of which may be a grade 10 credit.

32
What are the IB and AP options in high school
mathematics?
  • The IB and AP course options will continue to be
    offered at some sites.

33
  • Questions
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